This story was originally publishedon April 30, 1955.


Seven more cases of polio were confirmed Friday among Idaho children who received anti-polio vaccine, the State Health Department said, raising the state total to 9.

The latest cases were three girls at Moscow, one each at Lewiston and Ahsahka, and two boys at Preston and Council.

Like the first two reported at Pocatello, they were among 33,000 first and second graders given vaccines from Cutter Laboratories, vaccine which since has been withdrawn.

Dr. Stanley Leland director of preventive medicine, said he was "deeply concerned" about the cases. But he added that "in such a large number of vaccinations, there often occurs one case in about a thousand" which shows symptoms of the disease for which the person was vaccinated.

"Even though every channel of information has been explored, it still is not possible to incriminate the vaccine until there has been a thorough investigation of every case by experts of the U.S. Public Health Service," he said.

Dr. Gerald Laveck, USPHS epidemologist, completed his investigation of the two Pocatello cases Friday, and was flown to Boise to leave for Council, Lewiston and Moscow Saturday.

The State Polio Planning Committee predicted following a meeting with Laveck that "judging from the California experience very few additional cases will be seen in Idaho at this time."

"No one can incriminate the vaccine at this time, if the cases thus far experienced are due to the infections," the committee said in a prepared statement.

Attending the meeting, in addition to doctors and Health Department personnel on the committee, were Laveck and Dr. Carl Ecklund of the U.S. Public Health Service, who will accompany Laveck to Lewiston and Moscow.

The committee urged parents to take normal precautions against polio whether their children had been inoculated or not.

Victims Named

The latest victims, who developed the symptoms within two hours to 10 days after getting their shots, were:

Steven Hunt, 8, Council, who developed symptoms in his right leg two hours after getting the vaccine April 24. The diagnosis was not confirmed until Friday.

Janet Lee Kincaid, 7, daughter of Melvin Kincaid, Moscow jeweler, who was taken to a Spokane hospital. She received her vaccination April 19 and had been under observation for 48 hours.

Cynthia Smith, 6, and Connie Broennecke, 7, both of Moscow. Doctors said one of them showed signs of paralysis in the legs and the other in the upper part of the body. The Health Department said the Smith girl was in fair condition and the Broennecke girl in good condition.

Dorothy Crowley, 8, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Crowley of Ahsahka, whose back, neck and right arm were partially paralyzed. She was admitted to St. Joseph's Hospital at Lewiston in serious condition Wednesday night.

Bonnie Gale Pound, 7, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Pound of Lewiston, admitted to St. Joseph's Thursday night, 10 days after getting the shot. Her condition was described as good.

Dan Crane, 7, of Preston, who was injected April 19 and developed symptoms Wednesday. His diagnosis was confirmed Friday at a Salt Lake City hospital. His condition was reported good.

At Pocatello, hospital attendants said the condition of James Shipley Jr., 6, was good. They said his temperature now is normal, but that "some weakness" remained in the muscles of his right arm. He was one of the first reported victims. The other was Susan Pierce, 7, who died at Pocatello Wednesday.

Two other polio cases have been reported in the state among children who did not receive the vaccine, making a total of 11 cases this month and 20 for the year.

Last year the state had two cases in April for a total of 12 in the first four months.

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