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Article
July 1957

Observations on an Outbreak of Infectious Hepatitis: Failure to Apply Accepted Control Measures

Author Affiliations

U. S. Army

Preventive Medicine Officer (Major Peczenik) and Assistant Preventive Medicine Officer (Capt. Duttweiler), Office of the Chief Surgeon, Hq., U. S. Forces in Austria.

AMA Arch Intern Med. 1957;100(1):101-107. doi:10.1001/archinte.1957.00260070115013
Abstract

Introduction  That the gap between our knowledge of the control and management of communicable diseases and our application of that knowledge is widening has become increasingly apparent. A recent editorial1 has pointed out that patients often acquire infections of some type or other during their stay in the hospital and that "the incidence of such infections cannot be stated, because, unlike the weather, nobody talks about it." The truth of this statement will be affirmed by the alert clinician and knowing epidemiologist alike. The survey presented by Colebrook 2 is an insight into the extent and magnitude of this rarely discussed problem, which more often hinges on diligent application of established procedures than on the expensive and lengthy development of complex techniques. Recent experiences of the authors have emphasized this impression with respect to a comparatively new disease among those considered to be communicable: infectious hepatitis. The purpose of

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