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CDC influenza report no. 5, July 22, 1957
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    I. Summary of information – II. Epidemic and case reports – III. Progress reports – IV. A Civilian outbreak in Malaya – V. Summary tables-cases and outbreaks

    Summary tables-cases and outbreaks: Table I. Confirmed outbreaks and casees of influenza due to Far East strains, United States, June 1-July 22, 1957 -- Table II. Unconfirmed influenza-like illness, outbreaks - United States, June 1-July 22, 1957 -- Table III. Outbreaks of febrile respiratory disease - etiology other than influenza or no specimens obtainedable, June 1-July 22, 1957

    "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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