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March 22, 1976

Medical News

JAMA. 1976;235(12):1193-1206. doi:10.1001/jama.1976.03260380003001

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Influenza virus mutation evokes memories of past epidemics  Human-to-human transmission of an influenza virus resembling swine influenza virus has been confirmed for the first time in the history of modern virology.Although infection of humans directly from swine has been reported, the clearly demonstrated transmission of the swine virus between humans is unprecedented, according to officials at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Center for Disease Control (CDC).Eleven cases of illness caused by swine type A influenza virus have been reported at Fort Dix, NJ. One of the young Army recruits died. Testing the serum of 308 persons from the sprawling military facility revealed that 68 of them had antibodies to the virus.At the same time, public health officials do not consider the new virus strain an immediate danger to most people. Alfred S. Bogucki, MD, chief of epidemiology in the Philadelphia Department of Public