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January 18, 1919

INFLUENZA EPIDEMIC AT THE CHICAGO STATE HOSPITAL

JAMA. 1919;72(3):186-187. doi:10.1001/jama.1919.02610030032011

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Abstract

Fifteen days following the outbreak of influenza at the Great Lakes Station, the disease made its appearance at the Chicago State Hospital. The first patient was a voluntary worker in the occupational therapy department. So far as can be learned, this young woman had not come in contact with an active case of influenza. However, she had been to Chicago. Following this case, both patients and employees rapidly began to show infection. The total number treated during the next six weeks was 507 inmates and fifty-two employees. Of the 507 patients ill with the disease, 349 were males and 158 females. The total number of deaths among the inmates was eighty-one or 16.2 per cent. The incidence of death according to sex was: males, forty-eight, or 13.7 per cent., and females, thirty-three, or 20.8 per cent.

DISTRIBUTION OF THE DISEASE  The colored population of the institution is made up of

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