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October 31, 1959


JAMA. 1959;171(9):1232-1238. doi:10.1001/jama.1959.03010270068019


Increase in Poliomyelitis.—  Between Jan. 1 and Sept. 1, a total of 12 cases of poliomyelitis in Alaska were reported to the Alaska Division of Health. Only two cases were reported for the entire year of 1958. Seven of the 1959 cases were in Eskimos from the lower Kuskokwim River Area. Nine of the patients were infants 15 months to 3 years of age, two were children 7 and 9 years old, and one was a 47-year-old man. More than half of the cases were reported as paralytic, whereas the type of poliomyelitis was not stated for four and one was described as nonparalytic. In August a member of a group of 60 student tourists died of bulbar poliomyelitis at Whitehorse, Canada, en route from Fairbanks. After a temporary shortage of vaccine, the Division of Health supply was replenished in August.


Annual Scientific Symposium.—  The San Diego Academy