oa South African Medical Journal - Studies in poliomyelitis : V : poliomyelitis in Northern Rhodesia, with special reference to an outbreak occurring on the Roan Antelope Copper Mine, Luanshya, in 1946
|Article Title||Studies in poliomyelitis : V : poliomyelitis in Northern Rhodesia, with special reference to an outbreak occurring on the Roan Antelope Copper Mine, Luanshya, in 1946|
|© Publisher:||Health and Medical Publishing Group (HMPG)|
|Journal||South African Medical Journal|
|Affiliations||1 *South African Institute for Medical Research **Roan Antelope Copper Mine|
|Publication Date||Nov 1946|
|Pages||670 - 673|
|Keyword(s)||Distribution, Infantile paralysis, Poliomyelitis and Spread|
Until recently poliomyelitis was a rare disease in Northern Rhodesia. In 1943 an epidemic affected the community of the Nkana Copper Mine. During tills epidemic nine European and three African cases were reported. Three of the European cases-two children and one adult-died, a mortality rate of 33 per cent. It is considered probable that the infection was introduced into the community possibly by military personnel returning from the Middle East where the disease at the time was endemic.
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