Progress Report of Epidemiologic Appraisal of Reported Malaria in the United States During 1949 and 1950

Griffith E. Quinby Communicable Disease Center, Public Health Service, Atlanta, Georgia

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A description of the initiation of the program of epidemiologic appraisal of malaria in the United States in 1947 has been presented elsewhere (Quinby 1950). At the 1950 meeting of the National Malaria Society, the results of appraisals of reported malaria for 1949 and preliminary data for the first nine months of 1950 were presented. Since then, data for 1950 cases appraised through March 1951 have been assembled and analyzed for this paper.

Scope of Coverage. The primary function of the appraisal program was to measure the actual incidence of malaria. Later this became an integral part of the Malaria Surveillance and Prevention Program of the Communicable Disease Center and the state health departments concerned. Although this program is carried out principally through the investigation of officially reported cases, more and more emphasis has been given to finding and confirming unreported malaria.

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