Influenza surveillance report no. 75, March 8, 1963
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Influenza surveillance report no. 75, March 8, 1963

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      "Epidemics of' influenza-like disease are presently widespread in several areas of the Eastern and Middle Western United States. The first confirmed outbreak of the current season began in early January in Robeson County in southern North Carolina. Since that time one more outbreaks of influenza-like disease have been reported from the District of Columbia and 34 States including Alabama., Arizona, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts , Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin. Influenza A2 virus has been isolated or confirmed by serologic titer rise as the causative agent in one or more outbreaks in the District of Columbia and 17 States including Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Virginia, and Wisconsin. The pattern of spread of disease, which during the month of January tended to confine itself to both a northerly and southerly course along the Atlantic Seaboard with small focal outbreaks in the Kansas City and Chicago areas, showed evidence of a westerly spread in February with extensive community involvement in West Virginia, Kentucky, and Ohio. In addition, widespread community outbreaks occurred in the southern States of Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas, and Louisiana, with involvement; of some of the Gulf Coast counties of Texas. Mild community outbreaks have also occurred in many counties in Kansas and Oklahoma. Focal outbreaks were reported from Arizona and Montana in early March, but with these exceptions, the Mountain, Southwest, and West Coast States continue to report no more than the usual seasonal incidence of acute respiratory disease. Pneumonia-influenza deaths have exceeded the epidemic threshold since the week ending January 12 with a sharp upswing in excess deaths for the week ending March 8. Of particular note have been the marked rises in excess deaths in the New England and East North Central States for the week ending March 2." - p. [1]
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      March 8, 1963.

      Produced by the Communicable Disease Center Epidemiology Branch Influenza Surveillance Unit.

      "Summarized in this report is information received from State Health Departments, university investigators, virology laboratories and other pertinent sources, domestic and foreign. Much of the information is preliminary. It is intended primarily for the use of those with responsibility for disease control activities. Anyone desiring to quote this report should contact the original investigator for confirmation and interpretation." - preface

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