New Vaccine Against Respiratory Diseases.—
In the near future adenovirus vaccine will be given to all recruits. Although this is not the long-sought cold prevention vaccine, tests have shown that it protects these men against adenovirus-caused respiratory infections, which account for 50% of time lost from duty due to disease in recruits. Although the disease is not fatal, 5 to 10% of adenovirus infections among recruits develop into mild pneumonia. Since 1954 over 16 different adenovirus strains have been isolated. Only two of these, types 4 and 7, are of major importance among recruits. These types do not cause epidemics among either seasoned troops or civilians.
Change of Duties.—
Capt. Malcolm W. Arnold has been reassigned in the bureau of medicine and surgery as director, professional division, succeeding Capt. Eugene V. Jobe, who retired from active service in November after more than 29 years of service. Captain Arnold