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April 15, 1961


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8205 Waverly St. Sarasota, Fla.

JAMA. 1961;176(2):167-168. doi:10.1001/jama.1961.03040150083025

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To the Editor:—  The letter to the editor from Drs. Walters and Shelton (JAMA, Dec. 31, 1960, p. 2236) indicates there is a great deal of misunderstanding concerning trichinosis in the United States. They decry the "high incidence of trichinosis still found in our population today." They quote Dammin to the effect that the disease "apparently afflicts 15 to 20 per cent of our population. The mortality has been estimated at about five per cent in symptomatic and diagnosed human cases." They decry the fact that no inspection of hogs is carried out by the Department of Agriculture to condemn infected animals. They observe that the Department quit such inspection a half century ago because there was no known method of detection of these worms in order to effect the removal of all infected hogs. They could have added that the Department did not want to set up in the

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