Experiments are described which demonstrate that human body lice (Pediculus humanus corporis), were infected experimentally with murine and epidemic louse-borne strains of typhus fever by feeding on suitably prepared rabbits. Details of the two methods of infection, the "bleb technique" and the "I.V. technique," are presented.

It is concluded that the experimental infection of human lice with typhus can be accomplished very easily and rapidly with these methods. The possible applications of the method are discussed.

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