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June 25, 1938

WEIL'S DISEASE: REPORT OF A CASE IN A FISH WORKER

JAMA. 1938;110(26):2143-2145. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790260017006
Abstract

The following case of leptospirosis icterohaemorrhagica (Weil's disease) is being reported because of its infrequency in this country and because of its possible implications with respect to its status as a compensable occupational disease.

REPORT OF CASE  J. S., a married white man, aged 33, a fish cutter, became ill Oct. 2, 1937. His previous history was negative and his family history was negative apart from the fact that his father has an inoperable carcinoma of the rectum. The present illness began with a sudden onset of chilly sensations, fever between 103 and 104 F., aches all over the body and a slight cough. He also complained of a severe frontal headache. The headache and generalized pains persisted for four days, accompanied by chilliness and a subsiding temperature, which reached normal on the fifth day. On the second day of illness he began to complain of abdominal cramping and nausea,

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