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October 1946


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Indian General Hospital, Albuquerque, N. Mex.

Am J Dis Child. 1946;72(4):491. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1946.02020330122012

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To the Editor:—Dr. Newton's report is interesting and offers further evidence of the existence of scarlet fever among the Pueblos.

In January 1945, I performed Dick tests on 215 Navajo children at the Toadalena boarding school in Toadalena, N. Mex. Twelve per cent were positive reactors, indicating that susceptibilty is present among the Navajo children as well as the Pueblos.

In considering scarlet fever among the Navajos one must remember their greater isolation, living in scattered hogans rather than villages, and the mode of transmission of scarlet fever. With these two factors in mind, the incidence of the disease should be less amongst them than among the Pueblos or the white population. Indian General Hospital, Albuquerque, N. Mex.

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