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Infections Resulting from River Baths
Every year, with the coming of summer and river bathing, the question arises as to the forms of infection that may be contracted in this manner. In addition to conjunctivitis, which is of frequent occurrence, being observed also in the swimmingpools of Paris, there is a disease that appears to growing more frequent, although the causes are not so apparent—namely, hemorrhagic spirochetosis. Jean Troisier, Léon Kindberg and Monnerot Dumaine have reported many cases, chiefly in persons who had bathed in the Seine, at Asnières, which is only a few kilometers from the point where the river emerges from the city. Here the river is greatly contaminated by waters coming from sewers and factories. They reported before the Société médicale des hôpitaux a typical case, with repeated attacks of icterus, herpes, myalgia, meningeal reaction, and beginning azotemia. The patient was an excellent swimmer, who did not
PARIS. JAMA. 1930;95(13):946. doi:10.1001/jama.1930.02720130042021