Event Date
1901
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Yes
Unique ID
102214
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Thirteen St. Louis children died from contaminated diphtheria antitoxin.

Investigations showed that a horse used in diphtheria antitoxin production for the St. Louis municipal health authority died of tetanus. Rather than being discarded, some of the antitoxin produced from the diseased horse was sent to physicians.

This incident, along with a Camden, New Jersey, tetanus outbreak linked to contaminated smallpox vaccine, led to federal regulation of biologic products.

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Diseases & Vaccines
Diphtheria