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March 3, 1923


JAMA. 1923;80(9):641-642. doi:10.1001/jama.1923.02640360049022

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Epidemic Infantile Paralysis in Madrid Province  Dr. Lafora has published an article on an epidemic of infantile paralysis occurring not far from Madrid. So far no epidemics had been reported in Spain, although some small outbreaks, such as the one reported by Dr. Fernández Sanz at Manzanares, Ciudad Real, in the summer of 1917, had attracted attention. The outbreak now described is worthy of notice both because of its being so near Madrid and because of its continuing to spread. It began about three weeks ago among the children in Chinchón. Dr. Lafora has seen three cases personally, and has heard of six new cases in the last few days. No deaths have been reported, but the paralysis has persisted over twenty days in a number of cases. Dr. Lafora's article contains a brief account of the disease, symptoms and treatment, including Rosenow's advice as to the administration of immune

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