Following the discovery of a plague-like disease, due to B. tularense, by McCoy and Chapin in California, W. B. Wherry and B. H. Lamb described the occurrence of the same micro-organism in two cases of conjunctivitis in Ohio. Both caseswere characterized by ulcerative conjunctivitis involving the palpebral conjunctivae, accompanied by lymphadenitis of the preauricular and cervical glands on the corresponding side, a high temperature and marked prostration.These patients were under the care of Dr. Derrick T. Vail and Dr. Robert Sattler, respectively, and their clinical courses have been published in the Ophthalmic Record (1914) and the Archives of Ophthalmology (1915).In searching for the probable source of infection in these two cases the following points were considered: Both patients were affected with the virus affecting rodents in California; both patients had handled rabbits previous to the onset of the disease; there were numerous rumors that wild rabbits in Ohio,
WHERRY WB. A PLAGUE-LIKE DISEASE OF CALIFORNIA GROUND SQUIRRELS AFFECTING MAN IN OHIO: WITH A DEMONSTRATION OF SPECIMENS. JAMA. 1915;LXV(18):1549–1550. doi:10.1001/jama.1915.02580180053017
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