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August 29, 1936

Medical News

JAMA. 1936;107(9):719-723. doi:10.1001/jama.1936.02770350087019

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The Poliomyelitis Epidemic.—  The state health department of Alabama reports that 294 cases of poliomyelitis had been reported in the state from June 1 to August 21, with twenty-four deaths. Up to August 7 the number of cases was 247. Although the spread of the epidemic appears to be declining, Dr. James N. Baker, state health officer, advised against lifting restrictions on gatherings and migrations until no new cases have appeared in a county for twenty-one days. Dr. Baker pointed out that the epidemic has followed the main highways. National Guard encampments and the annual convention of the Alabama Department, American Legion, were postponed because of the epidemic. Newspapers reported August 6 that in Lauderdale County, a northern county which has been one of the principal centers of the disease, a ban on meetings for adults has been removed. Motion picture theaters, churches and other gathering places were closed for

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