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A Mumps Epidemic on St. George Island, Alaska

Dwayne Reed, MD, MPH; George Brown, MD; Rosalie Merrick, RN; John Sever, MD, PhD; Elmer Feltz, MS
JAMA. 1967;199(13):967-971. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03120130053007.
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A mumps epidemic occurred on St. George Island, Alaska, among a population which had not been exposed to mumps since 1907. During a 15-week period clinical mumps were observed in 119 of 212 native residents, while an additional 37 residents had serologic evidence of subclinical infections. Prophylactic mumps hyperimmune γ-globulin given to 56 persons who were clinically and serologically susceptible did not appear to reduce the attack rates or to prevent clinical complications.

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