Medicine: Polio Patterns

The polio epidemic, worst in the U.S. since 1916, was still rising last week. A total of 1,250 new cases, up 235 from the week before, was reported for the week ending Aug. 19, and the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis predicted that the curve would rise to a peak some time in the fortnight between Sept. 5 and 19. The Foundation rushed epidemic aid to 13 states (hardest hit: New York. North Carolina, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Virginia). At least two major cities. Buffalo and Washington, had attacks even worse than in 1916.

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