JAMA 100 Years Ago Section Editor: Jennifer
Reiling, Assistant Editor.
At a recent meeting of the California State Board of Health it was proposed
to forbid camping in the mountains near the sources of streams. It was claimed
that it is a common practice for convalescents from infectious disorders,
like typhoid, to seek outdoor life for a time, and that they cause infection
of the streams. While this proposed restriction was not immediately favorably
accepted by the board, it is fully as reasonable as many other sanitary propositions
the enforcement of which is attempted. Investigations should be made to learn
to what extent the tendency toward rapid destruction of the micro-organisms
because of the agitation of the water in mountain streams is offset by the
rapid flow, which, of course, will more quickly carry the infective matter
to points lower down on the stream. The matter is worth serious consideration.
STREAM INFECTION BY CAMPERS.. JAMA. 2005;294(2):260. doi:10.1001/jama.294.2.260-b