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April 4, 1931


JAMA. 1931;96(14):1158-1160. doi:10.1001/jama.1931.02720400056022

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The Transmission of Poliomyelitis  Levaditi, Kling and Lepine, who recently presented a report on the epidemic of poliomyelitis in Alsace, have now transmitted to the Academy of Medicine a contribution on the mode of transmission of the disease, which they suspected might be carried by water. They have discovered through research that domestic animals which have consumed food contaminated by the virus of poliomyelitis do not contract the disease but that the virus, after passing through the digestive tract, is found in their excrement, and thence passes into the water supplies of rural regions. Thus the transmission is brought about. During an epidemic, the virus can be eradicated by disinfecting the drinking water and that used for washing. The virus is likewise completely destroyed by small quantities of chlorine (0.0004 Gm. per liter).

Intravenous Injections of Antidiphtheritic Serum  The Société de pédiâtrie devoted recently a session to the study of

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