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May 24, 1919

STUDIES IN STREPTOCOCCIC INFECTIONS AT CAMP CUSTER, MICHIGANWITH SPECIAL REFERENCE TO INFLUENZA AND OTHER ANTECEDENT INFECTIONS

Author Affiliations

Captain, M. C., U. S. Army, Chief of Laboratory Service; Captain, M. C., U. S. Army; Second Lieutenant, S. C., U. S. Army CAMP CUSTER, BATTLE CREEK, MICH.

JAMA. 1919;72(21):1520-1524. doi:10.1001/jama.1919.02610210016004
Abstract

Sixty-five per cent, of the deaths from acute infections occurring in this camp since its establishment and coming to necropsy have been due to the streptococcus. If the month of October, 1918, is excluded, when influenza was epidemic here, the streptococcus has been responsible for 75 per cent, of the fatal acute infections. For more than a year the attention of this hospital has been focused on the diseases caused by this extremely prevalent and virulent organism, and the facts which this experience has brought to light are here assembled.

Reference to the accompanying chart will show the total incidence of streptococcus, compared to its closest competitor, the pneumococcus. The incidence of measles has also been charted. It will be seen that streptococci, except for a period in the spring and summer of 1918, have always outnumbered pneumococci. During the summer months, living conditions peculiar to military establishments are less

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