Scarlet fever may not have caused Mary Ingalls' blindness

02/4/2013 | USA Today

In Laura Ingalls Wilder's semi-autobiographical "Little House" book series, the older sister Mary lost her sight at age 14 because of scarlet fever, but researchers found that viral meningoencephalitis more likely explains her blindness and symptoms. Lead author Sarah Allexan wrote in the journal Pediatrics that few cases of permanent blindness have been linked to scarlet fever.

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