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Volume 18, Number 1—January 2012

Historical Review

Daily Newspaper View of Dengue Fever Epidemic, Athens, Greece, 1927–1931

Christos LouisComments to Author 
Author affiliation: Foundation for Research and Technology–Hellas, Heraklion, Greece; and University of Crete, Heraklion

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Accumulated number of dengue fever cases as reported in the newspaper I Kathimerini during the 1928 epidemic, Athens, Greece, August 1928*

Date of report No. cases
Athens Metropolitan area† Greece
3,000–75,000 Mentioned in articles in 1928
Aug 15 25,000
Aug 19 43,000
Aug 23 80,000
Aug 25 100,000
Aug 27 150,000
Aug 29 433,000 649,000 Indicated as 75% of population
Aug 30 461,000 693,000 Indicated as 80% of population
959,884 Government statistics cited by Mavrogordatos (8)

*Blank cells indicate no information.
†Includes the neighboring city of Piraeus (population ≈250,000) and the remaining suburban area that had a small population in the 1920s.

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