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October 17, 1908

Plague in Ground Squirrels.

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401 Fillmore Street.

JAMA. 1908;LI(16):1349. doi:10.1001/jama.1908.02540160059013

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San Francisco, Oct. 6, 1908.

To the Editor:  —I have just seen the editorial in The Journal, Oct. 3, 1908. on "The Present Pandemic of Plague," in which you refer to my work in establishing the existence of plague in the ground squirrel.I would call attention to the fact that in the issue of Public Health Reports referred to (Sept. 11, 1908), the following statement is to be found after the reference to my own report on a plague-infected ground squirrel: "Praetically the same findings have been obtained by Acting Assistant Surgeon Wherry in the Oakland laboratory, and are reported under date of Aug. 24, 1908."Under a wise order of Passed Assistant-Surgeon Blue, who commands all antiplague operations in this vicinity, all cases of suspected plague in persons or in rodents are investigated by two bacteriologists. Acting under this order Acting Assistant-Surgeon W. B. Wherry and myself, working

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