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May 15, 1972

Epidemiology of Subacute Sclerosing Panencephalitis (SSPE): A Report of the SSPE Registry

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Pediatrics and Neurology, University of Tennessee Medical Units, Memphis (Drs. Jabbour and Duenas), and the Section on Infectious Diseases, Perinatal Research Branch, National Institute of Neurological Diseases and Stroke, Bethesda, Md (Drs. Sever and Horta-Barbosa, and Miss Krebs).

JAMA. 1972;220(7):959-962. doi:10.1001/jama.1972.03200070051006

In this report of the Subacute Sclerosing Panencephalitis (SSPE) Registry during 1960 through 1970, the findings indicate a 50% relationship of SSPE to early (under 2 years of age) measles infection. The frequency of SSPE is one per million, and a majority of the patients reside in the southeastern part of the United States.

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