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September 6, 1941


Author Affiliations

Bacteriologist, Engineering Experiment Station, Michigan State College EAST LANSING, MICH.

JAMA. 1941;117(10):844-847. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820360026008

Epidermophytosis and plantar warts are diseases that are transmitted primarily through the contact of bare feet and contaminated floors. Thus floor sanitation is a problem in locker rooms, shower rooms and runways of swimming pools.

The commonly accepted procedure of control consists in placing footbaths containing antiseptic solutions in doorways to the swimming pool or shower rooms. By this means the feet are at least momentarily immersed in an antiseptic bath which undoubtedly removes organisms from the feet and also destroys many of them. When the footbath is the sole means of prophylaxis, the bather returns to his locker on contaminated floors and may reinfect his feet before dressing.

Realizing that reinfection may result from contaminated floors, many establishments as a routine wash all floors carefully and follow this with disinfection. Owing to the frequently continuous use of the locker rooms, showers and swimming pools, the cleaning and disinfection of