Foreign News: Health Despite War

Sir William Wilson Jameson, Chief Medical Officer of the British Ministry of Health, told Britons last week that four months of Blitzkrieg conditions had resulted only in an "infinitesimal" increase in disease. Scarlet fever and diphtheria had actually decreased and the number of pneumonia cases had grown but a trifle. The notable disease increase was in cerebrospinal meningitis, with 12,500 cases in 1940 as against 1,500 in 1939.

One reason why original fears that sardined existence in shelters would lead to serious epidemics have not materialized is that few Britons use shelters....

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