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November 1943


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Niagara Falls, N. Y.

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1943;48(5):533. doi:10.1001/archderm.1943.01510050057012

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A highly communicable disease among children is infection of the scalp with Microsporon audouini. According to Darier, the infection may be direct, by contact, or more frequently indirect, by use of toilet utensils, etc. Spreading of the infection among children of the same family is common.

During the past three years, a considerable number of microsporon infections have been observed among school children in a certain district of Niagara Falls, N. Y. In spite of medical examinations in the schools, the infection could not be eradicated. As a rule, only one child in each family became infected. In view of the facts that in some instances infections were initiated during the summer vacation and that preschool children were attacked, it would appear that contact in the schools could be eliminated as the primary source of infection in these cases.

A more probable means by which the infection is transferred

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