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February 1947


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From the Office of Dermatology, Industrial Hygiene Division, Bureau of State Services, United States Public Health Service.

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1947;55(2):258. doi:10.1001/archderm.1947.01520020113011

Some months ago an outbreak of dermatitis was reported to the United States Public Health Service as occurring from women's suits and children's coats. Samples of the woolen material and the lining used in the women's suits accompanied the information. Examination of the materials showed that the wool was innocuous but that the lining was made of Fiberglass, which mechanically irritated the skin.1

Investigations in New York, where the suits were made, disclosed the fact that also among girls working on the lining dermatitis had developed, and the manufacturer was unaware of the fact that the lining was Fiberglass. The lining was thought to be rayon, which it closely resembled.

It was also learned that another manufacturer using this material as lining for babies' coats had been advised that outbreaks of dermatitis were occurring among babies who wore the coats.

The number of cases of dermatitis reported was so

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