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April 13, 1912

EPIDEMIC OF SORE THROAT DUE TO MILK: A PRELIMINARY NOTE

JAMA. 1912;LVIII(15):1111. doi:10.1001/jama.1912.04260040127008
Abstract

For several weeks we have been investigating the possibility of the recent epidemic1 of streptococcus sore throat in Chicago originating in the milk-supply. In our own personal observations we have found that the great majority of the victims drank milk from one dairy. This fact, taken in connection with the sudden appearance of a great number of cases over a large portion of the city, has convinced us that the infection was probably spread by means of milk.

The investigation is being continued in cooperation with the Department of Health and will be reported later in full.

This preliminary statement is made in order to emphasize the importance of a thorough inquiry into the milksupply in the many communities where a similar epidemic exists.

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