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November 18, 1944

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JAMA. 1944;126(12):772. doi:10.1001/jama.1944.02850470036014

YELLOW FEVER CONTROL DURING THE WAR  C. L. Williams, medical director, U. S. Public Health Service, notes1 that the United States Public Health Service became aware of the danger of the introduction of yellow fever into the southern United States with the onset of war. Infection may be brought by an infected mosquito that may be carried in the cabin of an airplane coming from infected areas; also by a passenger who has been infected and is still in the incubation period but without symptoms. The more real danger is introduction of infected passengers still in the incubation period. Two measures are in operation against this: The more positive is immunization against yellow fever of all military personnel sent to infected areas and most civilians going from this country to such localities. The U. S. Public Health Service placed the yellow fever program in the hands of the

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