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Priority for BCG Vaccination.
—Antituberculosis work in Brazil started in 1941, and the National Campaign Against Tuberculosis was founded in 1946. This campaign has a modern, scientific aspect, and it has made a new division of zones of the country. This campaign has started working toward an increase in the number of beds, and the number has grown significantly. At the same time the campaign has been trying to spread the application of BCG vaccination, and there has been an increase in the distribution from 125,000 vials in 1945 to 571,637 in 1949. During the present administration the number of beds for tuberculous patients has been raised from 2,844 in 1944 to 7,153 in 1950 in the state of São Paulo. The expense of medical assistance and hospitals in the state of São Paulo and in the entire country suggests that other more up to date methods, such as BCG
BRAZIL. JAMA. 1951;146(6):578. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.03670060054020