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Study: Scarlet Fever not to blame for Mary Ingalls blindness

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     Acclaimed author Laura Ingalls Wilder, who had roots in South Dakota, Iowa and Minnesota, once wrote that Scarlet Fever was the reason her sister Mary lost her sight.

     Now scientists say that may not have been the case.

     Wilder, who penned the beloved "Little House" books that were later made into a hit TV show.... wrote about her sister's blindness.

     Now an analysis of old documents and biographical records show that Mary actually suffered from swelling in the brain and upper spinal cord, similar to Meningitis.

     Mary Ingalls died in 1928 in DeSmet, South Dakota.

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