Diphtheria in the United States

March 1964
Clinical Pediatrics;Mar1964, Vol. 3 Issue 3, p10A
Academic Journal
This article reports on diphtheria in the U.S. Hundreds of cases and carriers were reported by the health departments in several U.S. states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico during 1962. Most of the cases were single or intra-familial clusters. There were a few small community outbreaks. More cases occurred in autumn than in any other season. Three-fourths of the patients were under 15 years of age, and half were between five and 14 years. Thus diphtheria is still a disease of childhood.


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