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March 18, 1933


JAMA. 1933;100(11):830-831. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.02740110042021

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Sanitary Conditions in Italy  The incidence of infectious diseases in Italy has shown an improvement in recent years. The number of cases of smallpox and varioloid, which in 1921 was 4,644, dropped in 1929 to 6 and in 1930 and 1931 to 0. The decrease is doubless due to vaccination against smallpox, and revaccination at the age of 8, which have been made compulsory.In 1921 there were 35,527 cases of typhoid and paratyphoid infections, after which there was a steady decline to 24,682 cases in 1931.Tropical diseases have been virtually eradicated. Of exanthematic typhus there were only a few outbreaks in 1921, 1926, 1927 and 1928. No cases of cholera were observed during the decade. Small outbreaks of plague occurred in 1921 and 1922. There have been no cases since 1927.Sanitary legislation has been developed and includes compulsory notification for a greater number of infectious diseases, compulsory

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