Medicine: Polio Up

Paralytic polio rose ominously in August, announced the U.S. Public Health Service. Each week's total cases considerably topped those in the comparable weeks last year. In the week ending Aug. 23 there were 144 cases (43 in Michigan, mainly in Detroit), against 96 for the same week of 1957. In the week ending Aug. 30 the total fell only slightly to 126 cases, against 76 last year. Warned Surgeon General Leroy E. Burney: "The tragic fact is that many of the cases could have been prevented. Salk vaccine gives 70% to 90% protection against polio, but about 40 million Americans in...

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