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June 17, 1961

Fatal Ascariasis in a Negrito Child

JAMA. 1961;176(11):949-951. doi:10.1001/jama.1961.63040240015020a

ASCARIS infection occurs in almost every part of L the world, with a high incidence in the tropical areas and especially in the Orient. Ascariasis is particularly common where sanitation is poor. The incidence in some areas of Europe and the Orient is reported to be as high as 90 to 94%. Endemic regions exist in the United States, especially in the southeastern part, where 30 to 40% of the rural population have been found to be infected.1 We have had occasion to observe the health of a Negrito tribe who live adjacent to Clark Air Base in the Philippine Islands and receive medical care at the USAF Hospital. These individuals are small due to an inherited lack of the adolescent growth spurt.2 However, the lack of protein in the diet, similar to that reported among other primitive people, contributes to their small stature.3 Medical care has

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