Outbreaks of waterbone disease in the United States, 1971-1972

M. H. Merson, W. H. Barker, G. F. Craun, L. J. McCabe

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There were 47 outbreaks of waterborne disease comprising 6,817 cases in 1971 and 1972 (18 in 1971 with 5,179 cases, and 29 in 1972 with 1,638 cases). 30 states reported at least one outbreak. The largest outbreak comprised approximately 3,500 cases, and occurrred in Pico Rivera, Calif., in the summer of 1971. The annual average number of reported outbreaks increased during these 2 years, as compared with the last three 5 yr periods, probably as a result of renewed interest in surveillance activities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)614-615
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of Infectious Diseases
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1974

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Infectious Diseases


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