Medicine: Polio Time

As the infantile paralysis season advances, public health officials are keeping a sharp watch on the weekly reports of new cases. Since the third week of March, low point in the "polio year," 1949 has looked slightly worse than the epidemic year of 1948—2,273 cases v. 2,020.* But the experts are not yet alarmed: although more new cases are being reported each week (latest figure: 479), the rate of increase has dropped.

* The worst local epidemic is in Texas, with 715 cases since mid-March and new ones still being reported at a rate of more than 100 a week.

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