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January 9, 1943

SCHISTOSOMIASIS INFECTION: REPORT OF TWO CASES FOUND IN NORTHERN MICHIGAN

Author Affiliations

Petoskey, Mich.

From the Burns Clinic.

JAMA. 1943;121(2):125-126. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.62840020003007a
Abstract

We record here 2 cases of Schistosomiasis hematobium infection found in northern Michigan. The widespread migration resulting from conditions associated with the war will introduce into the United States and Canada diseases endemic in foreign countries. Unless possible occurrence of tropical disease is considered, wrong or missed diagnoses will be inevitable. People who have spent much time in the tropics are apt to be more familiar with some tropical diseases than many physicians in this country.

Schistosomiasis is endemic chiefly in the Mediterranean countries, the Near East and over most of Africa and nearby islands. A review of the etiology, pathogenesis, symptomatology and treatment would appear superfluous at this time, since they are adequately described in all modern textbooks of tropical medicine.

The majority of reported cases in this country have been well advanced and diagnosed relatively late in the course of the disease. As far as we have been

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