Volume 2, Issue 1
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645



in the American meadow mouse () was fatal to one-third of the 81 mice experimentally infected. Up to the time of death, the lethal cases showed few significant differences from those which recovered. The peak parasitemia was reached within 6 days, the average being about 3 days in both groups. Death occurred some 24 hours after the peak in all but a few of the lethal cases, but in the animals which recovered, parasitemia continued for three or four more days, when the smears became negative. Subinoculations showed however that in at least 9 of the recovered animals the infection was still present 19 to 51 days following the last positive smear.

The merozoite mean per segmenter increased in both groups during the course of infection from a low of 4 to 7.3 in the lethal cases just before death, and to as high as 8.1 in the animals which recovered, fluctuating to lower levels as the parasitemia disappeared.

The red blood cell count dropped from a normal of 9.5 million per cu. mm. to 3.1 m. in lethal cases, and to 3.9 m. in animals that recovered, but rose again in the latter to 8 m. by the tenth day.

was found infective to the rice rat, pouch mice, and the kangaroo rats, and the Egyptian mouse, and the cotton rat, , with varying courses of infection as described.


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