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May 1940


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Arch Derm Syphilol. 1940;41(5):831-834. doi:10.1001/archderm.1940.01490110017002

Reference to eruptions due to acari, with the exception of scabies, are not numerous in medical literature and are confined almost entirely to that of dermatology. The eruptions caused by mites found in dried foodstuffs, as well as in copra, are probably common among handlers of these materials. Most patients who have consulted me on this account have had the idea, shared by fellow workers, some of whom had suffered similarly, that a parasitic organism was responsible. Nevertheless, I have rarely encountered among my colleagues any one who was familiar with the condition and its cause.

With the desire that these conditions may be more generally recognized and controlled, observations on cases of copra itch and cheese mite itch are offered, together with brief case reports. A number of cases of each variety have been observed, of which the 2 described are typical, although they differ in minor respects from