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Table 2. CASES OF SPECIFIED NOTIFIABLE DISEASES: UNITED STATES, EACH DIVISION AND STATE, ALASKA,

HAWAII, AND PUERTO RICO, FOR WEEKS ENDED JANUARY 8, 1955 AND JANUARY 7, 1956-Continued

(By place of occurrence, Numbers under diseases are category numbers of the Sixth Revision of the International Lists, 1948)

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The chart shows the number of deaths reported for 108 major cities of the United States by week for the current year, and, for comparison, the median of the number of deaths reported for the corresponding weeks of the 3 previous calendar years. (The median is the central one of the three values arranged in order of magnitude.) If a report is not received from a city in time to be included in the total for the current week, an estimate is made to maintain comparability for graphic presentation.

The figures reported represent the number of death certificates received in the vital statistics offices during the week indicated for deaths occurring in that city. Figures compiled in this way, by week of receipt, usually approximate closely the number of deaths occurring during the week. However, differences are to be expected because of variations in the

interval between death and receipt of the certificate.

While week-to-week changes in the total number of deaths reported for all major cities generally represent a change in mortality conditions, this may not be true for variations in weekly figures for each city. For example, in a city with a weekly average of 50 deaths, the number of deaths occurring in a week may be expected to vary by chance alone from 36 to 64 (d = 2Vd, where d represents the average number of deaths per week).

The number of deaths in cities of the same size may also differ because of variations in the age, race, and sex composition of their populations, and because some cities are hospital centers serving the surrounding areas. Changes from year to year in the number of deaths may be due in part to population increases or decreases.

Table 3. DEATHS IN SELECTED CITIES BY GEOGRAPHIC DIVISION (By place of occurrence, and week of Piling certificate. Exclusive of Petal deaths)

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245 1,416

740 853 521 944

237 1,259

827 835 544 965

303 1,458

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Boston, Mass.
Bridgeport, Conn.-----
Cambridge, Mass.
Fall River, Mass.
Hartford, Conn.
Lovell, Mass.
Lynn, Mass..
New Bedford, Mass. ----
New Haven, Conn.------
Providence, R. I.-----
Somerville, Mass.-----
Springfield, Mass.
Waterbury, Conn.
Worcester, Mass.------

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MIDDLE ATLANTIC Albany, N. Y.----Allentown, Pa. Buffalo, N. Y.---Cenden, N. J. Elizabeth, N. J.---Erie, Pa.---Jersey City, N. J.Newark, N. J.----New York City, N. Y.Paterson, N. J.-Philadelphia, Pa.----Pittsburgh, Pa.---Reading, Pa.------Rochester, N. Y.---Schenectady, N. Y. Scranton, Pa.---Syracuse, N. Y.---Trenton, N. J.---Utica, N. Y. Yonkers, N. Y.----

69 44 47 87 124 33 25 70

123 81 42 46 64

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34 St. Paul, Minn.
33 Wichita, Kans.-----
25

SOUTE ATLANTIC
61
33 Atlanta, Ga.
35 Baltimore, M.
28 Charlotte, N. C.----
57 Jacksonville, Fla.
65 Miami, Fla.-----
20 Norfolk, Va.-----
66 Richmond, Va.------
33 Savannah,

Ga.-----71 Tampa, Fla.

Washington, D. C.----

Wilmington, Del.. 63

EAST SOUTH CENTRAL (40) 88

Birmingham, Ala.---52

Chattanooga, Tenn. (23)

Knoxville, Tenn.--(39)

Louisville, Ky.

Memphis, Tenn.-69

Mobile, Ala. 132

Montgomery, Ala. 1,837

Nashville, Tenn. 46 414

WEST SOUTH CENTRAL 190 (27)

Austin, Tex.---

Baton Rouge, la.---
94
27

Corpus Christi, Tex. (43)

Dallas, Tex.----

El Paso, Tex.
43
35

Fort Worth, Tex.

Houston, Tex. 35

Little Rock, Ark.------
37

New Orleans, La.
Oklahoma City, Okla.------

San Antonio, Tex.
54

Shreveport, La. (32)

Tulsa, Okla. 811

MOUNTAIN 171

Albuquerque, N. Mex.-240

Colorado Springs, Colo. 112

Denver, Colo. 76

Ogden, Utah----------333

Phoenix, Ariz. ------

Pueblo, Colo. 46

Salt Lake City, Utah-38 (32)

Tucson, Ariz. 46

PACIFIC 120

Berkeley, Calif.--157

Long Beach, Calif. 36

Los Angeles, Calif. 38

Oakland, Calif.----83

Pasadena, Calif.-----
49

Portland, Oreg.-
Sacramento, Calif.

San Diego, Calif.
54 San Francisco, Calif.
17 Seattle, Wash.
26

Spokane, Wash.
103 Tacoma, Wash.-----
119
73 Honolulu, Hawaii

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EPIDEMIOLOGICAL REPORTS-Continued ported as showing Pasteurella multocida.

The only other isolation of Pasteurella multocida associated with human illness in Connecticut by the laboratory of the State Department of Health in recent years occurred in January 1955. The patient, in this instance, was a 78-year-old woman who gave a history of having been bitten on the arm about a month earlier by her pet cat. The lesion had healed, but about 1 week before admission to a hospital her arm became red, hot, tender, and swollen. The abscess was opened on January 26, 1955, and drained of about 100 cc. of yellow pus. Pasteurella multocida were cultured from this pus. The patient recovered and was discharged from the hospital on January 30, 1955.

(This organism causes pasteurellosis or hemorrhagic septicemia in birds and mammals.)

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Typhoid fever

Dr. G. J. Van Heuvelen, South Dakota Department of Health, has supplied epidemiologic information on 8 cases of typhoid fever reported in Corson County during October 1955. The cases were among Indians who live in 66 small substandard and overcrowded houses. Modern sanitary facilities were not available, and conditions in and around the area were deplorable. Water was from wells, one of which was an approved source but pumping facilities and distance prevented it from being ideal for the whole community. Laboratory work was done in North Dakota, and the report has not yet been received.

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