Medicine: Polio Season

As the annual harvesttime outbreak of poliomyelitis (infantile paralysis) neared its peak last week, rumors of an epidemic swept southern and eastern U.S. They were exaggerated. Nowhere did the disease reach epidemic proportions. Hundreds of cases were reported (as against only two cases of plague—see col. 1). But hundreds of cases are not abnormal at this time of year. Facts:

> In Pennsylvania 250 persons were stricken during the summer; 18 died. In some places local authorities banned gatherings of young people, postponed the opening of public schools.

> In New Jersey, 84 cases...

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