East Germany: The Wall Disease

The maladies of East Germany are usually economic, but last week they were personal as well. Raging in East Berlin was a dysentery epidemic that so far has affected 28,000 people. Those who staggered to public comfort stations found all the toilets were closed to stop the spread of the disease. Students and faculty from East Berlin medical classes were hastily recruited to help out at the hospitals.

The disease first showed up in the port city of Rostock fortnight ago, was traced to a shipment of butter imported from Red China. Muttered...

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