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To the Editor:—
In the discussion of the relationship of varicella to herpes zoster, so much importance has been in the past attached to the report of Cantor (Brit. M. J.2:508, 1921) on the complete absence of varicella from a small island in the Straits Settlements on which zoster not uncommonly occurred that the following letter is of scientific as well as historical interest:Christmas IslandStraits SettlementsApril 3, 1941Dear Dr. Rosenberg:Replying to your letter of January 20, 1941, I am afraid Christmas Island lost its only claim to distinction in 1933 when 4 people, all old residents on the island, were diagnosed as suffering from varicella. Again in 1940 there was 1 case. With regards to herpes zoster, I can only find 1 case recorded. This occurred in 1936.Trusting this information will be satisfactory,Yours very truly,J. Scott Clark, M.B., Ch.B.,Medical
Rosenberg J. VARICELLA AND HERPES ZOSTER. JAMA. 1941;116(24):2713. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820240073025