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May 1988

From the MMWR: Morbidity and Mortality Report (Vol 37/No. 8) Centers for Disease Control, Atlanta

Arch Dermatol. 1988;124(5):639. doi:10.1001/archderm.1988.01670050007002

Henoch-Schönlein Purpura—Connecticut 

Mar 4, 1988 (Vol. 37, No. 8)—  BETWEEN AUGUST 13 and December 15, 1987, a cluster of 20 cases of Henoch-Schonlein Purpura (HSP) involving children under 10 years of age was identified in Connecticut. In contrast, eight cases had been identified in the state during the first 7 months of the year. HSP is a vasculitis that involves the skin and other organ systems and primarily affects children.The cluster was initially noted by a Hartford pediatric nephrologist who was consulted regarding eight children, four of whom became ill over a 2-week period. The Connecticut Department of Health Services then identified other cases by calling approximately 100 practicing pediatricians and members of all nine hospital pediatric departments in Hartford County. In addition, selected pediatric group practices and all teaching hospitals with pediatric or family practice training programs throughout the state were contacted.Ten cases were identified in Hartford

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