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December 22, 1900


JAMA. 1900;XXXV(25):1633-1634. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.02460510041007

In the latest Public Health Report of the Marine-Hospital Service, based on the report of Stiles and Hassall,1 attention is called to an Asiatic parasite that appears to have found a lodgment in this country, the Paragonimus Westermanii, a lung fluke that produces the disease known as parasitic hemoptysis in Korea and Japan. It was first found in a cat and dog in 1894 and 1895, but recently the government inspectors have met with it repeatedly in hogs at the Cincinnati packinghouses. It is thought probable that with the increasing intercourse with the Orient, sporadic cases in man will sooner or later be encountered. The human infection is described by Manson in his recent work on "Tropical Diseases," where the parasite is called Distomum Ringeri. The symptoms are cough and hemorrhage from the lungs, and in cases where the parasite attacks the brain, localized or Jacksonian epilepsy. The sources