In Orkney and Shetland (the UK's northernmost islands), during World War II, local people were outnumbered by servicemen stationed there in case of a northern invasion. Such rural-urban population mixing promotes contact between susceptible and infected individuals. We compared childhood leukaemia mortality in wartime and postwar cohorts of Orkney and Shetland children. Childhood leukaemia increased 3.6-fold, (p=0.001) in the wartime, but not in the postwar, cohort compared with national Scot...Expand abstract
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Infective cause of childhood leukaemia and wartime population mixing in Orkney and Shetland, UK.
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