LEE H. SHIELDS, M.D.; DAVID A. SMITH, M.D.; RODERICK W. COOK JR., M.D.; ERNEST J. WITTE, V.M.D.; GARLAND D. LINDSEY, D.V.M.
Trichinosis, a helminth infestation harbored by 25% of North Americans at some time during their lives, causes death in 5 to 6% of symptomatic patients.1 Although public health measures have caused some decline in the number of reported trichinosis cases in the United States, the disease definitely has not been eliminated. In some areas, it is quite common. Between 1949 and 1951, 0.6% of grain fed hogs in the midwest and 11.2% of garbage fed hogs in the east were infested with Trichinella spiralis larvae.2 There is also an immense reservoir of this helminth in rats and other rodents.
SHIELDS LH, SMITH DA, COOK RW, WITTE EJ, LINDSEY GD. A LOCAL OUTBREAK OF TRICHINOSIS1. Ann Intern Med. ;54:734–744. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-54-4-734
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1961;54(4):734-744.
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