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CDC influenza surveillance report no. 34, February 5, 1958
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    I. I. Summary of information -- II. Current analysis of influenza and pneumonia mortality-- III. National Health Survey data --IV. Industrial absentee data -- V. Mortality data from New York City -- VI. The Excess death problem

    "Deaths from influenza and pneumonia continue to increase for the fifth straight week, A simultaneous increase in deaths from all causes has been observed. These increases are significantly above the expected values, compared with the same weeks for the past five years. The cause of this increased mortaIity remains unknown. No large outbreaks of influenza have been reported and the National Health Survey and industrial absenteeism remain within seasonal except in a few cities. It appears that deaths are mostly due to pneumonia rather than influenza and that the 65/- age group is most affected. Intensive studies are being made of death records in selected cities. Such studies will yield further information about age distribution, socio-economic status, primary and secondary cause of death, and clinical course. Any previous history of influenza will be determined. Negative information about influenza will of course be important. Although it is hoped that these studies will yield the answer, we continue to solicit information from health officers and clinicians about this problem. We need a better sense of the local situation throughout the country. Small bits of information may be combined to form a complete explanation." - p. 2

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    February 5, 1958. ; "For official use only; not for publication."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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