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June 15, 1946

AN OUTBREAK OF POLIOENCEPHALITIS AMONG NAVY CADETS, POSSIBLY FOOD BORNE

Author Affiliations

Medical Corps, Army of the United States; San Francisco; Boston

Dr. Viets is lecturer on neurology, Harvard Medical School.; From the George Williams Hooper Foundation, University of California (Dr. Hammon).

JAMA. 1946;131(7):569-573. doi:10.1001/jama.1946.02870240001001
Abstract

During the first week of September 1943 at a naval training school situated on the campus of a West Coast civilian educational institution 14 cases of clinical poliomyelitis developed. These cases were observed, diagnosed and treated at a nearby army station hospital. At the same time 3 other paralytic cases occurred at two navy flight training fields in an adjoining state among graduates who had left the aforementioned training school less than six days before the onset of symptoms. Another paralytic patient, the girl friend of 1 of the graduate patients, who had attended the school commencement, also became ill at the same time as the others. It is considered that the source of infection was probably common to all 18 clinically diagnosed cases. In addition to this group of recognized cases there were several others hospitalized as suspect cases and discharged when spinal fluid tests were found negative. It

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