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July 24, 1943

THE 1942 SAN ANTONIO POLIOMYELITIS EPIDEMIC

Author Affiliations

SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS; MEDICAL CORPS, ARMY OF THE UNITED STATES

JAMA. 1943;122(13):853-855. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.02840300013003

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Abstract

In the past eight years, epidemics of poliomyelitis have appeared in the South and Southeast for the first time, notably in the Carolinas, Florida, Alabama and Mississippi. With the exception of California, the states of the Southwest have generally escaped epidemics of any size and the state of Texas in particular has been relatively free of the disease. In 1916 there were only 63 cases reported in the entire state. In 1935 there were 78, in 1936 there were 65 cases, and in 1937 there were 637 cases, though these were widely scattered through the north central part of the state and were not numerous in the cities. In the next year, 1938, only 60 cases were reported and in 1940 there were 161 cases. The Texas cities have been comparatively free of the disease except for 58 cases observed in Fort Worth in 1927. San Antonio at no time has had over 10 cases in a single year.

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