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Volume 10, Number 5—May 2004


Mass Smallpox Vaccination and Cardiac Deaths, New York City, 1947

Lorna E. Thorpe*†Comments to Author , Farzad Mostashari*, Adam M. Karpati*1, Steven P. Schwartz*, Susan E. Manning*†, Melissa A. Marx*†, and Thomas R. Frieden*
Author affiliations: *New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, New York, New York, USA; †Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia, USA

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Table 1

Death counts by cause of death and postvaccination exposure period

Timeframe All deaths Cardiac deaths Atherosclerotic deaths
Mar–Jun 1946 26,256 12,340 2,861
Mar–Jun 1947 27,484 13,352 3,075
Mar–Jun 1948 27,774 13,458 3,175
2-week exposure period 3,156 1,545 280

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1At the time of this study, Dr. Karpati was jointly affiliated with the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.