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December 22, 1917

HOOKWORM INFECTION IN DEEP GOLD MINES IN CALIFORNIA

JAMA. 1917;LXIX(25):2116-2117. doi:10.1001/jama.1917.02590520038015
Abstract

Hookworm disease, like other maladies associated with a microbiotic origin, can arise whenever the etiologic agent can gain entrance into the body by way of the mouth or respiratory passages, or through the skin after it has been cut or abraded. The larvae of the hookworm also can bore through the intact skin if infected dirt happens to come into contact with the body. When persons living in a hookworm infected region go without shoes, the larvae are enabled to gain entrance to the body through the feet. How persistent the danger may be is evident from the statement current that hookworm eggs will remain infectious for a year after they have been evacuated from the intestine. This may be the case when the eggs are exposed to the variable climatic conditions on the surface; but hookworm eggs appear to remain infectious for a period even longer than one year

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