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December 1, 1888

OUTBREAKS OF MALIGNANT DIPHTHERIA.

JAMA. 1888;XI(22):779-780. doi:10.1001/jama.1888.02400730023005

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Abstract

Since November 1st outbreaks of malignant diphtheria have been reported from Brainerd, Minn., Moline, Ill., New Orleans, Wabash, Ind., Galesburg, Ill., Coxsackie, N. Y., Waterloo, Iowa, Oxford Junction, Iowa, and several other places. During the month of October, at Moline, Ill., there were 69 cases and 12 deaths, and during the first 17 days of November 41 cases, with a smaller death-rate. In New Orleans diphtheria has been more than usually prevalent during the past few months. The extent to which it has prevailed in New Orleans of late months is something of a novelty for that city. The statistics of the Board of Health show that the number of cases of diphtheria has been on the increase for several years past, and this year the virulence of the disease has redoubled. This fact, taken in conjunction with the almost total immunity from this trouble enjoyed in the past by

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