Attention has repeatedly been called to the fact that diphtheria bacilli may persist for long periods of time in the throats of those who have had an attack of diphtheria, and also that they may be found in the throats of those apparently healthy who are compelled to associate more or less intimately with such patients. In addition to these possible sources of infection, Drs. R. T. Hewlett and H. M. Murray2 call attention to another that is even more insidious and more dangerous, because not suspected, namely, the throats of children suffering from other diseases than diphtheria. It was found that of 385 children under the age of 14 years admitted during the year 1900 to the Royal Victoria Hospital for Children, in London, for operation or some illness other than diphtheria, bacilli of diphtheria were isolated on culture from the throat in 58, or 15 per cent.;
DIPHTHERIA BACILLI IN THE THROATS OF HEALTHY CHILDREN. JAMA. 1901;XXXVII(6):393. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.02470320037009
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