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May 1929

A NEW MONILIA-LIKE FUNGUSCHARACTERISTICS OF AN ORGANISM ASSOCIATED WITH A DERMATOSIS PECULIAR TO WORKERS IN CANNERIES

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1929;19(5):800-806. doi:10.1001/archderm.1929.02380230090008
Abstract

In a previous report1 was presented evidence of the mycotic origin of an occupational dermatosis occurring among workers in certain fruit canneries of the Pacific Northwest. The disease is known locally as "fruit poisoning." At the time the first paper was written, only three strains of the monilia-like yeast had been obtained. Since then, eight additional strains have been added to the collection. In a careful search of the medical literature a description of a similar organism could not be found. The following account of the characteristics of the new fungus will therefore be of interest.

SOURCE AND MORPHOLOGY2  The three original cultures were taken in January, 1924, from two patients with paronychia and from one with interdigital erosion, all of whom were infected the previous pear season at the same cannery. Six of the eight new strains were obtained from typical cases of paronychia or of interdigital

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