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March 22, 1930


JAMA. 1930;94(12):880-881. doi:10.1001/jama.1930.02710380048021

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Vaccination Against Pneumonic Plague in Tunis  Cases of pneumonic plague have developed during the past month at Tunis, among a native tribe—the Douires—in the tents and cabins section of the Arabian quarter. The epidemic was soon checked by French sanitary authorities, who ordered the habitations of the infected quarter evacuated, transferred the Douires to an observation camp outside the city, and set fire to the Arabian hovels. It was not so easy to secure protection against the rats and fleas; but the number of cases of plague continues to decline. The antiplague serum supplied by the Institut Pasteur in Tunis was widely used. Unfortunately this serum, which affords a certain measure of protection for several weeks, has a weak curative action in bubonic plague and almost no action at all in the pulmonary type, which has a rapid course and is nearly always fatal. Dr. Charles Nicolle, director of

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