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Acute Anterior Poliomyelitis at Vega Baja, Porto Rico

E. Garrido Morales
The Journal of Infectious Diseases
Vol. 46, No. 1 (Jan., 1930), pp. 31-35
Published by: Oxford University Press
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/30084388
Page Count: 5
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Acute Anterior Poliomyelitis at Vega Baja, Porto Rico
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Abstract

Reports of epidemic poliomyelitis in the tropics are rare. Poliomyelitis has probably existed in endemic form in Porto Rico for some time; it has not been recognized or, at least, the cases and deaths have not been reported as such. No epidemic of the disease has ever been reported in Porto Rico before 1928. Poliomyelitis appeared in epidemic form (10 cases, 1 death) in the town of Vega Baja during April, May and June, 1928. The evidence strongly suggests that indirect personal contact played a major part in the spread of the disease. Apparently the virus responsible for the present outbreak was not introduced from outside, but from a local source, presumably represented by cases which had occurred two years before in Vega Baja.

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