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January 23, 1932

DIPHYLLOBOTHRIUM LATUM: INFESTATION ON THE EASTERN SEABOARD: TWENTY-ONE CASES FROM NEW YORK

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BROOKLYN

From the Medical Service of Dr. S. R. Blatteis, Jewish Hospital of Brooklyn.

JAMA. 1932;98(4):312-314. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02730300042011
Abstract

The attention of the medical world has recently been drawn to the increasing incidence of infestation with the broad tapeworm, Diphyllobothrium latum, in the United States. There are a number of well known endemic areas, especially in the region of the Great Lakes, and cases have been reported from Massachusetts1 but, as far as I know, no cases have previously been reported in the literature from New York. Twenty-one cases are reported here, all but two from the borough of Brooklyn. Five of the patients were born in the United States, bringing the total number of native cases reported in the literature up to thirtyone,2 and it is quite possible that some of the others are cases of native infestation because of the length of time the patients have been in this country, but one cannot of course be sure of this.

It is of considerable importance to

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