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September 1975

Of Fleas and Foxes

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Arch Dermatol. 1975;111(9):1215-1216. doi:10.1001/archderm.1975.01630210131027

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To the Editor.—  The interesting report titled "An Epidemic of Canine Scabies in Man" by Charlesworth and Johnson that appeared in the Archives (110:572, 1974) brings to mind another incident of infestations brought to man through his "best friend" or, to be exact, the best friend's cousin.A large local county hospital provides day nursery facilities for the children of the employees. The wooden building that houses the nursery, is placed, for some reason, on an artificial elevation through which passes a small tunnel containing two large pipes from the central heating plant. Over the years, the netting blocking the entry to the tunnel had fallen into a state of disrepair, and a family of foxes had availed themselves of the opportunity to build a comfortable nest in the tunnel directly under the nursery.From the nearby maternity ward, the foxes and their cubs had been observed in the spring

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