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The report of the federal service of public hygiene for 1926 has just been issued. The epidemic of smallpox which began in 1921 has ended, but on account of its tenacity and extension it was without example in the history of smallpox in Switzerland since Jenner's discovery. For several years it was a danger to the country regardless of its mild character. In spite of the opposition to vaccination in certain parts of Switzerland and although it is not compulsory in ordinary times in most cantons, the measures imposed by the law of April 23, 1923, resulted in the majority of the population being vaccinated. This is the best guarantee against the return of an epidemic. Diphtheria has decreased for the last few years. In 1925 the number of cases was 2,617; in 1926 there were 1,930, and in 1920 there were 7,702 cases reported. This decrease is
GENEVA. JAMA. 1927;89(21):1796. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.02690210062024
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