Pellagra in San Francisco

San Francisco is experiencing a mild epidemic of pellagra, with 31 cases and 18 deaths so far this year.

Symptoms are digestive disturbances, nervous manifestations and skin eruptions.

Dr. J.C. Geiger, health director, called attention to relief authorities that the disease is due to defective mineral and vitamin supply, coupled with continued use of alcohol.

In 1932 pellagra caused six deaths in San Francisco. In 1933 there were five deaths. In 1934 this rose to 13 deaths.