CDC influenza report no. 5, July 22, 1957
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CDC influenza report no. 5, July 22, 1957

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  • Alternative Title:
    Influenza : Far Eastern strain, 1957 : Confirmed cases, Confirmed and suspect outbreaks [map, July 22, 1957]
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    "Far East strain influenza virus has been identified in throat washings from Boy Scouts at the International Jamboree. These specimens come from heavily affected groups. Washings from sporadic cases in other groups have not yet been reported. With the frequent contact of many groups, wide dispersion of the virus in probable. An outbreak of febrile respiratory illness among 380 homeward-bound scouts is noted in this bulletin. One thousand six hundred forty-six Boy Scouts, who attended the Jamboree, sailed for a Jubilee encampment in England. Since 1460 sailed on one liner some crowding during passage is expected. Influenza-like outbreaks continue to occur in military installations. An air squadron from San Diego experienced illnesses soon after arrival at Corpus Christi, Texas, early in July. Reserve officers from many western states, Alaska, and Hawaii, in training at Fort Lewis, Washington, also reported an unusual number of cases of febrile respiratory illness. Laboratory confirmed Far East strain influenza has been reported from a summer encampment in Kentucky. Earliest cases occurred in three Californians about July 12. A ship from the Orient, with many cases of influenza-like illness en route, docked in Seattle, Washington, on July 17. Seventeen patients with acute illness were hospitalized. The description of an influenza outbreak in civilian urban areas of the Federation of Malaya is contained in the present report. Explosive spread of the illness is noted. Far East strain influenza has now been confirmed in widely separated parts of the country. Seasonal peculiarities of the illness have probably impeded widespread outbreaks. So-called seeding has presumably occurred over a wide are but the nature and extent of such seeding is presently unknown." - p. [1]
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    "July 22, 1957."

    Includes map: Influenza : Far Eastern strain, 1957 : Confirmed cases, Confirmed and suspect outbreaks

    "For official use only; not for publication." - cover

    "Information contained in this report is a summary of data reported to CDC by State Health Departments, Epidemic Intelligence Service Officers, collaborating influenza diagnostic laboratories, and other pertinent sources. Much if it is preliminary in nature and is primarily in nature and is primarily intended for those involved in influenza control activities. It is understood that the contents of these report will not be released to the press, except by the Office of the Surgeon General, Public Health Service, U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare. State Health Officers, of course, will judge the advisability of releasing any information from their own state." - cover

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