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December 30, 1939

Government Services

JAMA. 1939;113(27):2434. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800520057016

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Health in the Civilian Conservation Corps  The death rate in the Civilian Conservation Corps for the fiscal year ended June 30, 1939, was 2.02 per thousand as compared with 2.38 for the previous year. A great reduction in the case fatality rate in pneumonia was reported: 4.1 as compared with an average rate for the preceding five years of 12.6. The rate of incidence of pneumonia was also much lower than in any year of the corps' existence except 1934. Tuberculosis caused a slightly lower death rate in 1938, 5.3 as compared with 6 per hundred thousand the previous year. There were nine cases of typhoid with no deaths, a rate of 3.4 cases per hundred thousand enrollees. In 1935 the rate was 25.9 and the next year it dropped to 7.8, a reduction attributed to improvement in water supplies and methods of handling waste and to the greater protective

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