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May 4, 1957


JAMA. 1957;164(1):68-74. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02980010070018


Infectious Encephalitis.—  The U. S. Public Health Service states in its morbidity and mortality weekly report for March 22 that the California State Department of Public Health has supplied a summary of acute encephalitis cases reported in 1956. From a total of 560 cases, 14 were laboratory confirmed cases of western equine and 7 were St. Louis types of infection. About 45% of the total were reported as mumps encephalitis. Of 1,047 pools of mosquitoes tested, 143 yielded WEE virus and 2 the St. Louis virus. Laboratory confirmation of cases in horses was obtained in only six animals. During 1956, 124 squirrel brains were submitted for rabies examination but none was positive for this infection. WEE virus was isolated from four of these animals.

Appoint Acting Dean.—  Dr. Robert H. Alway, executive head, department of pediatrics, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford University—San Francisco, was named acting dean of

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