CDC influenza surveillance report no. 53, January 29, 1960
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CDC influenza surveillance report no. 53, January 29, 1960

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    "During the one-week interval since the publication of CDC Influenza Surveillance Report No. 52, January 22, 1960, influenza continued to be reported with a sporadic and limited distribution. Although this week marked the first reported outbreaks of influenzas illness from states in the South Atlantic region, many of the previously reported outbreaks, particularly in the eastern half of the United States, appear to be subsiding. California and Texas, however, continue to report extensive outbreaks of influenza-like disease, and the Los Angeles area, as judged by current information, has experienced the most severe outbreak in the nation thus far. An increased incidence of febrile respiratory disease, or local outbreaks of' clinical influenza have been reported from a total of 29 states, including the District of Columbia. Influenza virus, type A2, has been isolated in a total of 16 states, including the District of Columbia. Mortality due to influenza and pneumonia, as reported from 108, cities for the week ending January 23rd, continued to rise, and for the third successive week exceeds the 'epidemic threshold'. This increase is noted in many regions, but is particularly marked in the Pacific region. The problems inherent in reporting influenza and influenza-like illnesses are discussed, and a detailed presentation of influenza surveillance programs as instituted by California and New York is included. A statement of the Committee of Investigators of the Surgeon General's Advisory Committee on Influenza Research is presented; this statement seeks to stimulate current and long-range research .1n influenza, and defines particular problems needing study." - p. 2
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    This report was prepared by Theodore C. Eickhoff, M. D., Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer, Surveillance Section, Epidemiology Branch, CDC.

    "For administrative use." - 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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