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August 4, 1906

THE TRANSMISSION OF ROCKY MOUNTAIN SPOTTED FEVER BY TICKS.

JAMA. 1906;XLVII(5):366. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.02520050050007

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Abstract

The Study of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever has received a new impetus with Rickett's discovery that the disease is communicable to monkeys and guinea-pigs by means of inoculation of the blood of patients. In this number of The Journal Ricketts reports the probable transmission of the disease from one guinea-pig to another by means of a tick which inhabits infected districts. The work of Ricketts has been confirmed by Passed Assistant-Surgeon W. W. King of the Public Health and Marine-Hospital Service. Working along the same line, during the present season, Dr. King has also produced the disease in monkeys and guinea-pigs, and has succeeded in continuing the disease from one animal to another at the Hygienic Laboratory. In a preliminary note Dr. King also reports that he has succeeded in transferring the disease from one guinea-pig to another by means of a tick. This work was undertaken with the object

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