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January 19, 1901


JAMA. 1901;XXXVI(3):189. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.02470030045009

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The epidemic of influenza that is now spreading over the country rivals, if it does not exceed, in extent and virulence that of 1890 and 1891. Indeed, there are some reasons to think that it may be attended with even a greater increase over the average mortality than was observed in that epidemic. The bacillus was detected by the Chicago Health Department as early as October, but it is only lately that the disease has taken on an especially severe type and it is probable that the same is true in other cities. In New York it was reported that the number of cases during the second week in January exceeded a hundred thousand, and similar reports of its frequency come from other sections all the way from the Atlantic to the Pacific. Cases of grip pneumonia seem to be particularly frequent with this epidemic and a very perceptible figure

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