Dr J. G. PARISH, Passmore Edwards Medical, Rehabilitation Centre, Clacton-on-Sea, Essex:
The electromyographic picture would fit in well with changes noted when an agent was transferred to Rhesus monkeys from patients involved in the Adelaide epidemic (1949-51).6
The association of benign myalgia encephalomyelitis with polymyelitis epidemics may not therefore be the result of mass hysteria but to an agent related to poliomyelitis virus.
This view is supported by the excellent antibody response after Salk vaccination in children without previous antibody to poliomyelitis in areas affected by the Iceland epidemic in 1955.
A poor response was obtained in neighbouring areas unaffected by the epidemic.7 Read more>>
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