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May 13, 1961

Coxsackie Viruses

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60 Brattle St., Suite 604, Cambridge 38, Mass.

JAMA. 1961;176(6):551-552. doi:10.1001/jama.1961.03040190073028

To the Editor:—  In your editorial in The Journal, Feb. 11, page 494, "The Coxsackie Viruses," you cite the report of Magoffin and associates 1 in that issue, describing the widespread occurrence of "epidemic vesiculo-pustular stomatitis" and exanthem in the state of California attributed to Coxsackie virus, Type A16. You further state, "Although, prior to the report in this issue, there is no record that this syndrome has been seen in the United States, an outbreak of identical illness, similarly associated with Type A16 Coxsackie virus, occurred in Toronto in 1957."I would like to direct your attention to the reports of Dr. A. Martin Lerner and his associates2 at the Boston City Hospital, who reported a similar outbreak in the Boston area caused by Coxsackie Group A, Type 9 and a "vesicular" exanthem in infants associated with the isolation of Coxsackie B3.3 In November, 1960, I4

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