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March 27, 1926


JAMA. 1926;86(13):967. doi:10.1001/jama.1926.02670390046026

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Swimming Pool Conjunctivitis  In the Berliner Verein für Schulgesundheitspflege, Prof. Dr. Comberg of Berlin discussed swimming pool conjunctivitis. It was first observed in Berlin in 1899. In 1919 forty-six cases developed among patrons of the Neukölln city baths. The disease manifests itself in the following manner: A few days after exposure in the swimming pool, one eye becomes red and swollen. This condition is accompanied by lacrimation and a slight narrowing of the palpebral fissure. The follicles of the lower lid are swollen, and, in severe cases, the same condition occurs in the upper lid. Only the conjunctiva is affected. Ulcers do not occur. The infection lasts usually only a few weeks, yielding to treatment. Patients are often unaware of the condition. In 1919, of 250 bathers at the Neukölln swimming pool, Comberg found ten affected with the disease, unknown to themselves. Since 1919, 416 cases have been observed. However,

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