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March 1945

A DENGUE-LIKE FEVER OCCURRING IN IOWA DURING THE POLIOMYELITIS EPIDEMIC OF 1943

Author Affiliations

IOWA CITY

From the Department of Internal Medicine (Division of Physical Medicine) and the Department of Neurology of the State University of Iowa.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1945;75(3):184-191. doi:10.1001/archinte.1945.00210270041007
Abstract

During the 1943 epidemic of infantile paralysis, a certain number of patients who were admitted to the isolation division of the University Hospitals with a tentative diagnosis of anterior poliomyelitis proved not to have this disorder. Some of these patients presented the signs and symptoms of an acute illness that could not be classified under any of the known infectious diseases. A review of the literature revealed that a similar syndrome had been described under a variety of names. In an attempt to clear up the confusion of names, we will present a series of cases and a critical review of the literature.

During the months of July, August and September 1943, 10 patients were admitted to the isolation division who presented a not readily classifiable syndrome. A sudden onset of high fever, headache, backache and pains in the limbs typified the course of this acute and rather shortlived disease.

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