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March 30, 1918

A NEW ADAPTATION OF THE FACE MASK IN CONTROL OF CONTAGIOUS DISEASE

Author Affiliations

(Chicago) Major, M. R. C., U. S. Army CAMP GRANT, ROCKFORD, ILL.

JAMA. 1918;70(13):910-911. doi:10.1001/jama.1918.26010130001009
Abstract

One of the most troublesome problems confronting the medical staff of the base hospitals in camps is the prevention of cross infections.

A mistaken diagnosis in the examining room may place measles in a scarlet fever ward, or meningitis in a clean diagnostic ward. These mistakes are partially remedied by sending all doubtful patients to an observation ward, where they may be differentiated at leisure.

The development of a secondary infection as a result of an exposure some time previous to entrance into the hospital is unavoidable.

On the other hand, the contraction of a secondary infection directly from another individual in the same ward demands the most serious effort in the way of prevention. When a case of scarlet fever breaks out in a measles ward, the ward must be placed in quarantine for a week. By the end of the week another case may develop and require another

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