Epidemics: Approaching a Disaster

In Washington, President Lyndon B. was bedded down with it — or something suspiciously resembling it. In Chicago, Mayor Richard J. Daley was just recovering from it. In Hollywood, Actress Natalie Wood was felled by it while shooting a $3,000,000 film. In Seattle, a pair of twin baby orangutans were placed in isolation when they came down with its symptoms. With jet-age speed A2-Hong Kong-68, more commonly known as "Hong Kong flu," spanned the nation last week, respecting neither station nor species.

With millions of Americans already victimized by the epidemic, the...

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