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May 22, 1943


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Dunedin, Fla.

JAMA. 1943;122(4):227. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.72840210001005

Chrysops is a genus of Tabanid fly. The Florida species is the deer fly or Chrysops discalis, which may be one of the transmitters of tularemia. This fly is probably familiar to those especially who do any hunting or fishing, as in the spring of the year they certainly can bite.

REPORT OF CASE  In 1938 L. D., a white man aged 45, came into my office complaining that the deer fly bites he was receiving while working in his grove were getting to a point where they were disabling him. He had never been particularly bothered by them until that spring, although he had been in Florida in the grove business since 1926. However, now when he received a bite, which was mostly on his wrists, as he had begun to protect his face and neck with mosquito netting and his hands with gloves, his arm would swell and

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