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CDC influenza surveillance report no. 36, February 25, 1958
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    I. Summary of information -- II. Current analysis of influenza and pneumonia mortality -- III. National Health Survey -- IV. Industrial absentee data -- V. Influenza deaths and complications: bacterial findings -- VI. International notes -- VII. Recent communications

    "Deaths due to influenza and pneumonia for the nation as a whole showed a 7% increase over the figure for last week. Although epidemic influenza is not occurring on a broad scale, it seems likely that influenza underlies many of these deaths. At the present time, most of the deaths are occurring in the infirm and aged members of the population. These persons might have escaped exposure during the fall epidemic peak because of their relatively secluded lives. The case fatality rate in such persons would naturally be much higher than in the general population, which would explain the large number of deaths. Most of the school children, servicemen, and working adults were probably exposed during the fall and are now relatively immune. As a result, industrial absenteeism and school absenteeism are not markedly elevated. We are trying to test these hypotheses by epidemiologic investigations at the present time." - p. 2

  • Content Notes:
    February 25, 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 ; "For official use only; not for publication."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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