At the beginning of this investigation, there was no proof as to the identity of the causative agent of sea-bather's eruption, an acute form of dermatitis occurring on some people bathing in certain marine areas of the southwestern North Atlantic Ocean. During the course of this study,
it was demonstrated by laboratory experiments that a species of marine schistosome cercaria found in the Florida area is capable of producing a dermatitis. Lesions produced experimentally appear to be identical with those of naturally occurring cases of seabather's eruption.
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