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Aeroplanes as Disease Carriers
At a meeting of the Society of Medical Officers of Health, the president, Air Commodore David Munro, spoke on aeroplanes as disease carriers. After showing how epidemics in the past had followed trade routes, he pointed out that, with the advent of the aeroplane, places had been brought so much nearer that persons possibly infected could be isolated only by means of wireless communication, which would give the air port authorities time to act. When cholera broke out recently in Irak, special precautions had to be taken, and were successfully taken to prevent cholera being introduced into Egypt. The position of India in connection with yellow fever was of particular importance, because, while yellow fever did not exist there, all the conditions of its propagation were present, notably the necessary parasitic carrier, the stegomyia mosquito. At present the nearest endemic source was so far away that
LONDON. JAMA. 1925;84(1):49-50. doi:10.1001/jama.1925.02660270053022