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The epidemiology of St. Louis encephalitis in Dallas, Texas, 1966.
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PMID:  1155433     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
An epidemic of St. Louis encephalitis (SLE) occurred in Dallas, Texas, in the summer of 1966. A total of 545 suspected cases within Dallas city and county were reported, of which 145 were laboratory-confirmed as SLE virus infection. The greatest concentration of cases occurred in lower socioeconomic areas of the central part of the city in black populations. The attack rate and mortality rate increased markedly with age. The overall attack rate was 15.2 per 100,000, with a case fatality rate of 9.7%. During the course of the epidemic, most of the county was sprayed aerially with an ultra-low volume (ULV), high-concentration malathion mist. The effects of this treatment cannot be adequately assessed from the human epidemiologic aspect alone, but the spraying clearly reduced the number and infection rate of the vector mosquitoes.
C C Hopkins; F B Hollinger; R F Johnson; H J Dewlett; V F Newhouse; R W Chamberlain
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  American journal of epidemiology     Volume:  102     ISSN:  0002-9262     ISO Abbreviation:  Am. J. Epidemiol.     Publication Date:  1975 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1975-11-06     Completed Date:  1975-11-06     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7910653     Medline TA:  Am J Epidemiol     Country:  UNITED STATES    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1-15     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Child, Preschool
Disease Outbreaks*
Disease Vectors
Encephalitis, St. Louis / epidemiology*,  mortality,  prevention & control
Infant, Newborn
Malathion / therapeutic use
Middle Aged
Mosquito Control
Socioeconomic Factors
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