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March 13, 1920


JAMA. 1920;74(11):736-737. doi:10.1001/jama.1920.02620110026008

The epidemic of influenza in 1920 in this country reached its maximum, so far as the large cities of the country are concerned, in the week ending February 14. According to the Bureau of Census Reports, the number of combined deaths from influenza and pneumonia in that week was 7,059, while in the following week the number of deaths from these causes in the same cities had dropped to 5,088. These figures compare with the February weekly average in 1917 of 1,489. Although cases of typical influenza seem still to be appearing in various parts of the country, the peak of the epidemic has certainly been passed. As previously pointed out, the total mortality throughout the country has been much lower in 1920 than it was in 1918. Certain localities, however, have suffered quite severely, notably Kansas City, Minneapolis, Detroit, Milwaukee and St. Louis, all of which had a higher

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