CDC influenza surveillance report no. 48, May 29, 1959
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CDC influenza surveillance report no. 48, May 29, 1959

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      "In the present report the occurrence of influenza in the United States during the first five months of 1959 is summarized in a tabulation (Section II.). Through the end of May the Surveillance Unit has learned of laboratory identifications of Type B influenza in 26 states, of Type A influenza (by CF test, subgroup unspecified) in eight states, of Asian (A2) influenza in eight states, and of adenoviruses as the causative agents of influenza-like illness in four states. We have received reports of confirmed Type Al infections only from Tennessee. This winter-spring influenza season has not been a "pure" one, but it is clear that Type B has been the predominant virus in most parts of the country. During the month since the last report appeared this Unit has received few reports of new outbreaks of influenza-like illness. Those few outbreaks that have been reported have occurred among children of school age. This has been the pattern throughout the winter and spring; epidemic influenza among adults has been conspicuous by its absence. In addition, there has been no unusual industrial absenteeism this year. Weekly influenza and pneumonia deaths reported from 108 United States cities have declined steadily for some weeks and stand at this time a level normal for the season. A statement on influenza nomenclature from Dr. A.M.M. Payne of the World Health Organization is included in this report. Barring unusual developments the next Influenza Surveillance Report will appear in the fall of 1959. The status of influenza during the summer months, both nationally and internationally, will be summarized at that time. Should an unusual situation develop during the July-September period reports will be prepared and distributed as in the past." - p. 2
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      May 29, 1959.

      This report was prepared by Dr. Frederick L. Dunn, Chief, Surveillance Unit, CDC.

      "For official use only; not for publication."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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