JAMA 100 Years Ago Section Editor: Jennifer Reiling, Assistant Editor.
Decline of the Plague in India.
In 1907 the mortality from plague in India reached the appalling total of 1,204,194. But a rapid decline has now occurred and the number of deaths in the twelve months ending June 30, 1908, is only 252,781. The measures adopted for combating the disease include rat destruction, evacuation of infested quarters, improvement of insanitary areas and inoculation. Grants amounting to $1,000,000 have been made to local governments in this year's budget for expenditure on sanitary improvements for the prevention of plague. During the time the epidemic prevailed the mortality amounted to 2.1 per 1,000 of the population.
Medical News: London Letter.. JAMA. 2008;300(5):593. doi:10.1001/jama.300.5.593-c