JOHN K. MILLER, M.D.
The conquest of bacterial incitants of disease has been so successful that medical research is being directed more to viral and rickettsial diseases. Agents in these latter infections are not only complex because of their ultra-microscopic size and obligate parasitic enzyme systems, but some are transmitted by arthropod vectors. Thus, they are influenced by their ecology. An endemic focus of Rocky Mountain spotted fever has been known to exist on Long Island since 1912 and has remained limited to the island. It has afforded an opportunity to study an arthropod-borne disease.
Rocky Mountain spotted fever is an acute infectious disease
MILLER JK. ROCKY MOUNTAIN SPOTTED FEVER ON LONG ISLAND1. Ann Intern Med. ;33:1398–1406. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-33-6-1398
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1950;33(6):1398-1406.
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