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September 28, 1940


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Des Moines, Iowa. Commissioner, State of Iowa Department of Health.

JAMA. 1940;115(13):1119. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810390059024

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To the Editor:—  My attention has been called to an item in The Journal of August 10 under Queries and Minor Notes, page 480, on convalescent serum for contagious diseases. In referring to sources of convalescent serum the State of Iowa Department of Health is not mentioned.I therefore wish to add that in 1937 the State of Iowa Department of Health organized its serum center for the processing of human immune serum. Since its organization the Serum Center has distributed a total of 213,000 cc. of human serum. Of this amount 23,655 cc. has been distributed for measles, 135,490 cc. for scarlet fever and 42,980 cc. for poliomyelitis. Lesser amounts have been processed for Rocky Mountain spotted fever, pertussis and tularemia. The convalscent serum is sent to licensed physicians on request without charge. When the economic status of the patient permits, a contribution is accepted to the donor's fund.

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