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February 20, 1943

Medical News

JAMA. 1943;121(8):608-612. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.02840080056016

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Epidemic Cerebrospinal Meningitis.—  For the first time since 1929 the reported incidence of cerebrospinal meningitis during 1942 approached epidemic status in San Francisco. During the year 1942 there were 32 cases reported with nine deaths, as compared with the preceding four years, when the average of reported cases per year was 6. The last major epidemic in San Francisco was in 1929, when there were 88 cases reported with eighty-one deaths. The history of cerebrospinal fever has indicated that there are periods of high incidence recurring at fairly long intervals. Increased reporting continues into 1943. During the month of January there were 16 cases reported to the department of public health of the city and county of San Francisco, of which 2 were listed as nonlocal. Among the 16 cases there were two deaths. Twelve of the patients were male and 4 female. The age incidence showed that 4

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