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July 14, 1906

THE PRESENT STATUS OF THE BEDBUG IN THE TRANSMISSION OF HUMAN DISEASES.

Author Affiliations

MYRTLE, GA.

JAMA. 1906;XLVII(2):85-87. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.25210020005002a
Abstract

Scientists, medical men and entomologists have demonstrated beyond doubt that fleas, house flies and mosquitoes carry and transmit certain dangerous diseases. Fleas carry bubonic plague; house flies, numerous pathogenic bacteria, including those of cholera, bubonic plague, tuberculosis and typhoid fever, also myasis and even some of the parasitic worms that live in the intestines of man; mosquitoes carry yellow fever and malaria and also that most horrible filarial disease known as elephantiasis. It is not strange, therefore, that at last the bedbug should come in for its share of suspicion and experiment, though rather singular that it should be the last in order.

It is the purpose of this article to point out what is now known regarding the carrying of disease germs by this insect, a question which should be of interest to all, especially those who live in large, crowded cities, where its presence is becoming a serious

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