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Article
December 25, 1943

DISTRIBUTION OF EPIDEMIC KERATOCONJUNCTIVITIS IN THE UNITED STATES

Author Affiliations

ALBANY, N. Y.

JAMA. 1943;123(17):1101-1106. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.02840520017005
Abstract

Keratoconjunctivitis is not a new disease. It was described by Stellwag von Carion1 and by Fuchs2 in 1889, and since that time severe and extensive outbreaks have been reported by Wright,3 Herbert,4 Kirkpatrick5 and Kirwan6 from India, Viswalingam7 from Malaya and Mulock Houwer8 from Java. Epidemics have occurred in China, Japan, Tasmania, Germany, the Balkans and England. No race is exempt, and no particular occupation is either predisposing or responsible for it.

The attention of the medical men of the United States was called to the potential economic loss of man power hours by Rieke,9 Holmes,10 Hogan and Crawford11 and others.

The particular phase of the subject to which this communication is addressed is the distribution of epidemic keratoconjunctivitis in the United States.

An inspection of the accompanying map will show that in the continental United States there have

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