Malaria Mortality in the Southern United States for the Year 1937

Prepared for the National Malaria Committee

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  • Department of Tropical Medicine, Tulane University of Louisiana, New Orleans

It is again desirable to call the roll of malaria deaths in the Southern United States, this time for the year 1937; to examine the data in order to determine the mortality trends; and to discover, if possible, any clues responsible for the changes from the preceding years. Hearty thanks are extended to the bureaus of vital statistics of all the state departments of health, which have coöperated generously in providing statistics on which this report is based.

Compared with 1936, the year 1937 showed a decrease in the death rates by states for all of the states in the area. In Alabama the rate dropped from 12.0 to 7.9; in Arkansas, from 22.2 to 21.0; in Florida, from 21.3 to 12.3; in Georgia, from 19.9 to 7.6; in Kentucky, from 1.8 to 1.0; in Louisiana, from 12.2 to 8.5; in Mississippi, from 16.32 to 13.81; in Missouri, from 2.71 to 2.26.