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July 16, 1938

Trichinosis: Report of an Outbreak of 25 Cases

JAMA. 1938;111(3):277. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790290063029

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This brochure is a report of an outbreak of twenty-five cases of trichinosis occurring in eight households in Los Angeles. The infection was apparently transmitted by eating lack-schinken, a smoked raw ham which resembles Canadian bacon, the suspected product having been peddled from house to house. All cases were confirmed by definite eosinophilia and in many instances by positive cutaneous tests. The symptoms were mild, which fact apparently served to produce some initial confusion in diagnosis. The report concludes with the authors' belief that the cutaneous test serves as a valuable adjunct in diagnosis.

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