Infectious Diseases: Flu in the East

Back in balmy July, when most people were concentrating on keeping cool rather than keeping well, Surgeon General William H. Stewart of the Public Health Service predicted that winter would bring a heavy wave of flu to the eastern half of the nation. He was right, and then some. Last week an influenza-like ailment had thousands of people moaning, barking, wheezing and groaning in at least 30 states east of the Rockies. Health officials in New York and at the National Communicable Disease Center in Atlanta conceded, after weeks of hedging, that...

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