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March 31, 1945

Government Services

JAMA. 1945;127(13):869. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860130129017

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Ringworm of the Scalp Epidemic Stopped  Ringworm of the scalp, which has presented a serious problem for health authorities in many parts of the nation, especially in larger cities, has been successfully treated without the use of x-rays by dermatologists of the Industrial Hygiene Division, U. S. Public Health Service, in a test area. In Hagerstown, Md., the epidemic, which affected between 10 and 15 per cent of the school population of 4,500, has been controlled. Methods used included examination of all school children by means of the Woods light, and referral of infected children to a treatment center. Examination was extended to preschool children in the family of infected patients. Instead of being quarantined at home, infected boys and girls were permitted to attend school but were required to wear protective caps and were not admitted to movies, playgrounds, swimming pools or any other public places. Infection was further

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