Medicine: The Flu

Is there a new flu epidemic in the U.S.? There are a lot of sniffles and backaches. No, said the U.S. Public Health Service, no epidemic yet—but there is a definite "increase." Some evidence:

¶ There were 5,240 cases reported fortnight ago; last week there were 13,220.

¶ 25% of the school children in Chicago, 20-30% of those in Des Moines, 20% of those in Kansas City stayed home from school, most of them with "respiratory infections."

¶ Some or all schools were closed in Chicago, nearby Melrose Park, Kankakee (Ill.), Tuckahoe (N.Y.), many Ohio towns. Radford (Va.).

¶ New...