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April 15, 1933


JAMA. 1933;100(15):1190. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.02740150048019

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Case of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever in Paris  Considerable stir was produced in Paris when it was learned that Dr. Brumpt, professor of parasitology at the Faculté de médecine, had contracted in his laboratory Rocky Mountain spotted fever. His condition occasioned great anxiety when it was announced that the mortality in this disease ranged around 60 per cent. Professor Brumpt had been frequently charged with scientific missions in foreign countries. He had studied yellow fever in Senegal, French West Africa, and trypanosomiasis at Gabon, French Equatorial Africa, without becoming infected. Last year, he started out on a trip to Mexico, where he was to meet Professor Roger. He traveled through the United States to study Rocky Mountain spotted fever and its relation to exanthematous typhus. He decided to be vaccinated against spotted fever, but the first injection produced such serious reactions that he was obliged to dispense with the second

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