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October 31, 1908


JAMA. 1908;LI(18):1516. doi:10.1001/jama.1908.02540180040008

In our news department last week we gave an account of the discovery of a typhoid bacilli carrier. Twenty-six cases of typhoid in Georgetown, D. C., between October 8 and 15 were traced through milk to one dairy farm in the neighborhood. Investigation developed that the employés were healthy and that no case of typhoid had occurred among them for years; no other source of infection could be found. Finally, a systematic examination was made of the dejecta of all employés. This brought to light the presence of large numbers of typhoid bacilli in the dejecta of a woman milker of the dairy who had had typhoid fever eighteen years before. Albert1 has recently reported a similar outbreak of typhoid likewise attributed to infection of milk by a bacillus carrier, and in the article by Trask in this number of The Journal two other instances are recorded of the

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