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July 30, 1938

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JAMA. 1938;111(5):431. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790310053017

TYPHOID FEVER IN THE UNITED STATES  Elsewhere in this issue (page 414) appears the twenty-sixth annual review of typhoid in the large cities of the United States. As in previous reports, data have been assembled from ninety-three cities. Most of the regions reported show a continued reduction in the annual rate of typhoid, and the number of cities without deaths from typhoid during the calendar year increased from eighteen in 1936 to twenty-seven in 1937. Only 280 deaths occurred from typhoid in 1937 in the seventy-eight cities for which complete data are available since 1910, the lowest rate ever recorded. While there were a few small outbreaks of the disease, this statistical study continues to show the downward trend in the death rate from typhoid in the large cities of the United States. A comparison of the figures available for 1937 with those published in the first report in 1913

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