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September 1929

VIRULENT ANTHRAX BACILLUS FROM A CASE OF MALIGNANT PUSTULE IN MAN

Author Affiliations

NEW YORK

From the Department of the Laboratories, New York Post-Graduate Medical School and Hospital.

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1929;20(3):323-325. doi:10.1001/archderm.1929.01440030049007
Abstract

Anthrax in this country has become a relatively uncommon disease in recent years, due in part to the activities of the United States Public Health Service and in part to the Bureau of Animal Industry in Washington which supervises the importation of such raw materials as animal hides, hair and wool from countries in which the disease is prevalent. The sources of infection have thus been materially reduced, so that many of the cases reported in the last few years have been those of malignant pustule of the face or neck, traceable in most instances to the use of infected shaving brushes. Industries employing hair and hides are responsible for a small number of cases.

In the last eleven years there have been seventy-four cases in New York. The accompanying table illustrates the decrease in incidence.

REPORT OF CASE  A man, aged 39, presented himself at the Skin Clinic of

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