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April 30, 1938


Author Affiliations

Colonel, Medical Corps, United States Army; Surgeon, Station Hospital FORT ETHAN ALLEN, VT.; 1st Lieutenant, Medical Reserve Corps, United States Army BURLINGTON, VT.; 1st Lieutenant, Medical Reserve Corps, United States Army; Surgeon, Camp Charles M. Smith WATERBURY, VT.

JAMA. 1938;110(18):1434-1436. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790180022008

An epidemic of trichinosis occurred in the 1136th Company Civilian Conservation Corps at Camp Charles M. Smith, Waterbury, Vt., during October 1937. Forty-four patients were admitted to the Station Hospital, Fort Ethan Allen, Vt., for treatment, after a variable period of observation in the camp dispensary at Waterbury.

The first patient, enrollee A, was admitted to the camp dispensary on October 30, complaining of headache, chills and general malaise, acute coryza, severe sore throat, swollen and painful eyes and muscular soreness. He was observed at the camp dispensary from October 30 until November 5, when he was transferred to the Station Hospital, with a diagnosis of moderately severe sinusitis, frontal, acute, suppurative and bilateral, the cause of which was undetermined.

On his admission to the Station Hospital his temperature was 103.2 F. There was edema of the upper eyelids and suborbital edema to such an extent that the patient's face