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September 16, 1933


JAMA. 1933;101(12):932. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.02740370036013

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Elsewhere in this issue is a special article on the epidemic of encephalitis in St. Louis and St. Louis County, where more than 115 deaths have occurred and the number of cases continues to increase, now totaling approximately 656. Occasional cases of epidemic (lethargic) encephalitis appearing in other parts of the country tend to he confused with the situation that exists in Missouri. The condition that has appeared in epidemic form in St. Louis County is not, apparently, the usual epidemic encephalitis but a new form classified as encephalitis B and identified by health authorities with a similar condition, which has previously occurred in Japan and Australia. The United States Public Health Service, the United States Army Medical Corps and both local and state officials have combined in an intensive study of the condition, without thus far having obtained more than a slight lead toward establishing its nature and with

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