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May 22, 1937

THE RABIES MENACE

JAMA. 1937;108(21):1802. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780210042015
Abstract

The alarming situation which prevailed throughout the country last year in relation to dog-bites and rabies appears even more menacing this spring. During the recent warm days, according to newspaper reports, more than a hundred persons have been bitten by dogs daily in the city of Chicago alone. This represents more than a 50 per cent increase over the number of bites during the similar period of 1936. More heads of suspected animals have been examined, and the number found positive for rabies has also increased more than 50 per cent. A dramatic illustration of the situation was provided by a mongrel, believed rabid, which invaded an elementary school classroom in Chicago two weeks ago and bit four pupils. Two more children were bitten before this rabid animal was captured. Similar incidents seem inevitable as long as the numerous stray dogs remain at large.

Although conditions in Chicago may be

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