Infectious Diseases: New Flu Due

When a new strain of Asian flu broke out in Hong Kong last July, infecting 400,000 and killing 26, U.S. Public Health Service officials took immediate action. Naming the new strain A-2/Hong Kong/68, they sent off samples to labs to be bred in fertilized hen's eggs* and converted into vaccine.

Drug manufacturers are now rushing to make the new vaccine available in time to forestall an epidemic. But chances are it will not be ready until January. One serviceman returning from Viet Nam has already carried the new flu home to Georgia. In...

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