DEAN F. GRAY, M.D.; BERNARD S. MORSE, M.D.; WESLEY F. PHILLIPS, A.B.
Data on its incidence establish trichinosis as the most prevalent helminthic infestation of man. Autopsy information (1) and corroborative skin testing (2) indicate that 30,000,000 Americans, or one out of every 6, harbor Trichinella spiralis. Obviously the overwhelming majority are asymptomatically parasitized. Although it is difficult to predict the number of symptomatic cases because of varying degrees of host resistance and sites of larval dissemination, it is estimated that 16,000 Americans yearly will consume sufficient viable larvae to cause detectable illness. The mortality rate for trichinosis is generally regarded as 5 to 6 per cent (3), from which 800 deaths
GRAY DF, MORSE BS, PHILLIPS WF. Trichinosis with Neurologic and Cardiac Involvement: Review of the Literature and Report of Three Cases. Ann Intern Med. 1962;57:230–244. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-57-2-230
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1962;57(2_Part_1):230-244.
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