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Thesis (M.A.)—University of Nebraska—Lincoln, 1943. Department of Bacteriology.


Copyright 1943, the author. Used by permission.

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Whether restaurant eating utensils serve as vectors in the transmission of respiratory and related diseases is still a matter for question, in spite of the overwhelming evidence in support of this contention.This is due to largely to the lack of epidemiological evidence, the tracing of an outbreak of a disease directly and unquestionably to contaminated eating utensils.The very nature of the vectors concerned obviates any possibility of obtaining this epidemiological evidence, since the contaminating agent exists as such only momentarily at the best. This research problem was undertaken with the hope that a technique designed to demonstrate the appearance of streptococci of unquestionable human origin on improperly washed glasses would further the contention that eating utensils are highly potent carriers of disease.

Advisor:Carl E. Georgi & G. L. Peltier