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Sleeping Sickness / Mississippi #484462

NBC Evening News for Friday, Aug 22, 1975
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(Studio) Encephalitis spreads to 15 states. Red River Valley, between North Dakota, and Minnesota, and Mississippi are epidemic areas.
REPORTER: Tom Brokaw

(Mississippi) 18 die in Greenville. All victimes elderly; most black. Health department workers try to clean up areas where mosquitoes breed. Youths repair screens. City sprayed daily at $2000 per day cost. Money dwindles; areas now sprayed at night. Only few new cases reported New cases found in 7 Mississippi counties. [Mosquito control director Jack McMILLAN - says situation not under control.] Governor William Waller received $200,000 federal funds to spray and clean up state.
REPORTER: Dave Briggs

Reporter(s):
Briggs, Dave;
Brokaw, Tom
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00:02:20

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