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October 26, 1912

Rat and Mosquito Extermination in Queensland

Author Affiliations

Brisbane, Queensland. Commissioner of Public Health.

JAMA. 1912;LIX(17):1558-1559. doi:10.1001/jama.1912.04270100326028

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To the Editor:  —Perusal of your interesting article on "The Rat as a Source of Economic and Health Waste" in The Journal, Aug. 17, 1912 (p. 548) has led me to forward here-with copies of recent public health legislation and orders made thereunder in this state, in respect to rats and mosquitoes. An extensive organization for rat-destruction on the ordinary lines has been in operation in Brisbane for some ten years past. A detailed survey carried out in 1910 and 1911 showed that rats were being enabled to breed just about as fast as my department's men could destroy them, owing to the apathy and neglect of householders. The provisions of Section 132F of the Amending Health Act and the subsequent order based thereon were designed to check this. It is too early yet to speak of results, but if the last two sentences of your article represent the gist

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