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September 14, 1929

BUDAPEST

JAMA. 1929;93(11):859-861. doi:10.1001/jama.1929.02710110045019

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Abstract

The 1928 Epidemic of Acute Anterior Poliomyelitis in Hungary  At the last meeting of the Society of Hungarian Pediatricians, Dr. Urmossy reported that there were 170 cases in the epidemic of acute anterior poliomyelitis in Hungary in 1928, of which fifty-three ended fatally. Fifty-seven cases occurred in and around Szegedin, a city near the Roumanian frontier. The epidemic spared children of the better classes. There was little direct spread of the disease. Two cases occurred in the same family in only five instances, although there were several children in most of the families that were affected. The morbidity rate for boys was greater than that for girls. Children under 4 were attacked in the majority of cases. The great number of cases with pontile involvement that ended fatally was striking; this explains the high mortality of 15 per cent in Szegedin. The percentage of patients that have recovered may be

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