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ONE DEAD IN CHICAGO, RESULT
OF INFANTILE PARALYSIS
The scourge of infantile paralysis
is upon Chicago.
One death from the dread disease
was reported yesterday and there are
five known cases and two suspect
cases under observation in the city.
Chas. Wens, 3, 2918 N. Sawyer av.t
' was yesterday's victim of the disease,
which some think was brought to
Chicago by visitors from New York.
This is 'the tenth infantile paralysis
death in Chicago this year, but not
until now have the health authorities
become fearful of the possibilities of
Infantile paralysis is highly con
tagious. INFANTILE PARALYSIS SPREAD
HALTED IN NEW YORK
New York, July 7. Hope that the
virulence of the infantile paralysis
epidemic has been abated in some
slight measure was expressed today
by board of health officials when the
tabulation of the days cases showed
a, decrease in the spread -of the
scourge. The returns today showed
22 deaths in the Greater City 19 in
.Brooklyn, two in the Bronx and one
in Queens. None was reported in
Manhattan or Richmond boroughs.
Eighty-seven new cases were shown.
( The disease made greater head
way yesterday than on any day since
beginning of outbreak. 133 new
cases and 24 deaths were reported.
Number of new cases was record for
any 24 hours since beginning of the
' Coincident with the announcement
of accelerated spread of the disease,
Health Commissioner Haven Emer
son said that William G. McAdoo,
sec'y of the treasury, had offered. to
the city the services of the United
States public health service, and that
the offer had been accepted.
Philadelphia. Two cases of in
fantile paralysis discovered in this
city. Drastic action being taken by
health authorities to prevent repeti
tion of New York epidemic.
Cleveland. Fifth case of infantile
paralysis reported to health officials
today. No deaths have occurred.
U. S. STUDIES WAYS TO FIGHT
Washington, July 7. U. S. publics
health seiice board in conference
to discussways and means of fight
ing the infantile paralysis epidemic
in New York and othtr cities.
So far the board is groping in the,
dark, certain only that a germ causes
the disease. In fighting the disease
the gov't is also fighting the ignor
ance of parents. Following are a set
of rules given out today by Dr. W. C.
Rucker, ass't surgeon general: care
in baby's diet; attention to intestinal
disorders; plenty of sleep 16 hours
a day for babies less than one year
old; extermination of flies.
Perhaps the greatest danger from
the disease, says Dr. Rucker, is the
first 20 hours when the parents are
trying home remedies for the child,
The' second great danger is" that a
baby suffering from the disease will
not be isolated because it may be
lonely. The disease is noticed first
by fever, pains and intestinal disor
ders. It may cause death in a day or
it may attack a baby so slightly that
beyond a day's illness no bad effects
will be felt. The disease is caused by
the germs attacking the front cells
of the spinal cords. When the genn
inflames a cell then the body nerves
ed from the cell are paralyzed. If
the cell attacked feeds the forearm,
the forearm or one of more muscles
will be paralyzed. z
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GERMAN FLEET NEAR BRITISH
COAST CAPTURE STEAMER
" Amsterdam, July 7. That a por
tion of the German high sea forces
swept through waters close to the
English coast, capturing the British
steamer Lestria, was announced to
day in an official statement from the
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