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To the Editor:—
The article by Zaias et al on dermatitis from contact with moths (207:525, 1969) points out a fairly common problem in the practice of tropical medicine. Published reports have been sporadic and have had no particular effect on the recognition of this entity more frequently. Another aspect of the subject is the difficulty in treating this highly pruritic form of dermatitis. About ten years ago I observed an epidemic of dermatitis from contact with moths when working with the Colombian Navy at a distant post in Puerto Lequizamo, Colombia, on the border with Peru, in an area of the jungle on the Putumayo River, which is a tributary of the Amazon, very close to the equator. At that time I was fascinated with the subject and wrote an article about it.One thing which impressed me was the clinical charge described by these authors after experimental
Alvarado A. Moth Dermatitis. JAMA. 1969;208(5):867. doi:10.1001/jama.1969.03160050121025