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December 8, 1945

Current Comment

JAMA. 1945;129(15):1020-1021. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860490032012

EPIDEMIC DISEASES IN EUROPE  At the time of the collapse of Germany, typhus was widespread; more than 16,000 cases have been reported in the Shaef area since the occupation.1 The disease has now been practically eradicated from Germany, however, with only 6 cases recorded in the first week of August. Smallpox is now disappearing from the Iberian peninsula, where it was prevalent until recently. Plague has been potentially dangerous along the Mediterranean since the Suez Canal zone and several South American and Palestine ports became infected. The disease has appeared in Corsica, in Malta and in Taranto in southern Italy. In the latter there were 23 cases, of which 11 were fatal between September 3 and September 24. Typhoid has been unusually prevalent in Berlin since June, when 111 cases were reported. It has since reached epidemic proportions, with 382 cases in July, 1,100 in August and 1,708 during