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December 25, 1937


JAMA. 1937;109(26):2142-2143. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780520032010

The menace to health and the danger from epidemics in war-torn China have already given much concern to health authorities throughout the world. Thus the Assembly of the League of Nations has voted two million Swiss francs to assist China in dealing with its health problem. October 14, according to a press release, the Subcommittee for Technical Cooperation with China was given a description of the present epidemic situation in that country. With regard to cholera, the report states, measures now in force, plus the onset of the cold season, justify the hope that a large-scale epidemic will not break out this year. There is, however, grave reason to fear a fresh pandemic during the spring and summer of 1938. The report continues:

It would not seem that the present disturbances are likely directly to influence the incidence of plague. Nevertheless, indirect repercussions, which might become serious internationally as well

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