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January 2, 1943


Author Affiliations

Director, Commission on Neurotropic Virus Diseases, Board for the Investigation and Control of Influenza and Other Epidemic Diseases in the Army.

JAMA. 1943;121(1):71. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.02840010073025

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To the Editor:—  Among some of the growing problems which have confronted both health officers and industrial physicians in the country during the past year has been that of epidemic keratoconjunctivitis, called by some "shipyard conjunctivitis." The disease is apparently new to this country, but it has appeared in epidemic form both on the West Coast and in the East (and perhaps elsewhere) during the short space of a few months. During this period, however, much has been learned, to which recent articles testify (Hogan, M. J., and Crawford, J. W.: Epidemic Keratoconjunctivitis, War Med.2:984 [Nov.] 1942. Sanders, Murray: Epidemic Keratoconjunctivitis, Arch. Ophth.28:581 [Oct.] 1942. Isolation of a Virus of Epidemic Keratoconjunctivitis, Current Comment, The Journal, Oct. 17, 1942, p. 538). This information is not general as yet and apparently epidemic situations can develop insidiously in factories before the nature of the conjunctivitis in its potential

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