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October 31, 1931

ASCARIS LUMBRICOIDESLOSS OF INFESTATION WITHOUT TREATMENT

Author Affiliations

NASHVILLE, TENN.

From the Department of Preventive Medicine and Public Health of Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.

JAMA. 1931;97(18):1299-1300. doi:10.1001/jama.1931.02730180035010
Abstract

A study of intestinal parasites in children was made between November, 1929, and January, 1930, in one of the state institutions just outside of the city of Nashville. A total of 476 children were examined, ranging in age from 7 to 18 years. Of that number, 5 per cent were found to be infested with Ascaris lumbricoides, 6.5 per cent with Trichuris trichiura, 4.6 per cent with Necator americanus, and 4.8 per cent with Hymenolepis nana.

During December, 1929, a sanitary inspection of the buildings and premises was made in order to ascertain whether or not conditions were favorable for the transmission of intestinal parasites. Excreta and other waste material are disposed of by means of a sewage disposal system which is connected to the city of Nashville sewers. The water supply of the institution is obtained from the city water system. The interiors of the buildings, dormitories and the

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