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ANALYSIS OF A FOUR YEAR EPIDEMIC OF MUMPS

ARCHIE Y. EAGLES, M.D.
Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1947;80(3):374-387. doi:10.1001/archinte.1947.00220150084007.
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AT FORT BENNING, GA., in the winter of 1941 there appeared an unusual increase in the number of cases of mumps, which reached a peak for that season of 49 new cases in the month of April 1942. There followed a cyclic rise and fall in the number of cases in the next three years, but the incidence never returned to the corresponding seasonal level at which it had been prior to 1941. The apex of the epidemic was reached in March 1944, when the maximum of 289 new patients were admitted during the month. Over the whole four year period a total of 2,500 patients were admitted. The seasonal distribution of the cases from 1942 through 1944 is shown in figure 1. A considerable proportion of these patients were admitted from the Reception Center, and during the last two years practically 90 per cent of the patients were from

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