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September 13, 1930

MENINGOCOCCIC MENINGITIS: A CLINICAL STUDY OF ONE HUNDRED AND FORTY-FOUR EPIDEMIC CASES

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INDIANAPOLIS
From the Lilly Laboratories for Clinical Research, Indianapolis City Hospital.

JAMA. 1930;95(11):776-780. doi:10.1001/jama.1930.02720110012005
Abstract

The present epidemic of meningitis in Indianapolis began in November, 1929. This report includes cases admitted to the Indianapolis City Hospital between Nov. 11, 1929, and April 1, 1930. One patient was received in November, 52 in December, 22 in January, 44 in February, and 25 in March. Less than ten other patients either died without treatment or were treated elsewhere. The epidemic is still in progress, cases being admitted at the rate of about fifteen a month. The disease at present appears to be less virulent than during the early months.

Practically 90 per cent of the early cases were employees or relatives of employees in two departments of a large industrial concern. Later, however, contacts were from several other sources, and eventually a considerable number could not be traced. Eighty-eight patients were white and fifty-six were Negroes. During the early weeks of the epidemic, almost all patients were

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