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November 1978

Contact Urticaria, Contact Dermatitis, and Asthma From Cockroaches

Arch Dermatol. 1978;114(11):1715-1716. doi:10.1001/archderm.1978.01640230085029

To the Editor.—  Cockroaches are vermin that mainly live in the kitchen of hotels and hospitals, in baker's shops, corn mills, storehouses, and similar places. They prefer warm rooms and dislike light. They cause considerable damage by devouring foodstuffs, textiles, leather, and paper, furthermore by polluting their environment with excrement and vomit. Eradication is a problem that drives professional vermin-destroyers to despair. Cockroaches are insects similar to locusts and are vectors for a wide variety of microbes, for instance streptococci, staphylococci, fungi, and yeasts. Zool

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