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Transmission of group A streptococci: III. The effect of drying on the infectivity of the organism for man*

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  15 May 2009

Charles H. Rammelkamp Jr
Affiliation:
Streptococcal Disease Laboratory, Francis E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyoming and the Departments of Preventive Medicine and Medicine, Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Cleveland, Ohio
Alton J. Morris
Affiliation:
Streptococcal Disease Laboratory, Francis E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyoming and the Departments of Preventive Medicine and Medicine, Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Cleveland, Ohio
Frank J. Catanzaro
Affiliation:
Streptococcal Disease Laboratory, Francis E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyoming and the Departments of Preventive Medicine and Medicine, Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Cleveland, Ohio
Lewis W. Wannamaker
Affiliation:
Streptococcal Disease Laboratory, Francis E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyoming and the Departments of Preventive Medicine and Medicine, Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Cleveland, Ohio
Robert Chamovitz
Affiliation:
Streptococcal Disease Laboratory, Francis E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyoming and the Departments of Preventive Medicine and Medicine, Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Cleveland, Ohio
Earl C. Marple
Affiliation:
Streptococcal Disease Laboratory, Francis E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyoming and the Departments of Preventive Medicine and Medicine, Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Cleveland, Ohio
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The sources of airborne bacteria within living quarters are minute droplet nuclei which remain suspended in the air following expulsion from a carrier and contaminated particles which have become suspended from dried environmental deposits. Since group A streptococci may be isolated from environmental deposits in populations experiencing an epidemic of streptococcal respiratory disease (Loosli, Lemon, Wise & Robertson, 1952), it has been assumed that contaminated particles of dust serve as an important reservoir of infection. Indeed, many of our measures employed to control respiratory infection in recent years have been directed against this reservoir.

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