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SKIN DIPHTHERIA IN SOLDIERS
Major Gen. Norman T. Kirk, Surgeon General of the Army, recently reported that minor epidemics of skin diphtheria which have broken out among American soldiers in the Pacific areas have been brought under early control. While these epidemics have not been of serious consequence, the problem of skin diphtheria is one of serious potential significance.Lieut. Col. F. R. Dieuaide, chief of the tropical disease treatment branch of the Surgeon General's Office, who recently returned from a three months visit in three Pacific theaters, described a small epidemic of skin diphtheria in the New Hebrides. It is thought that the epidemic arose from carriers. From this source in the skin of 1 person organisms are readily transferred to skin lesions in other persons or to the throats of susceptible soldiers. Colonel Dieuaide said that this disease has been found in this war in North
MEDICINE AND THE WAR. JAMA. 1945;127(5):281–282. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860050029013
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