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August 31, 1907


JAMA. 1907;XLIX(9):780. doi:10.1001/jama.1907.02530090056010

The reappearance of yellow fever in Cuba is a matter of a good deal of sanitary significance, especially in the light of the testimony of Governor Magoon as to the inefficiency of the local municipal authorities in matters of sanitation. In Havana reasonable attention to health conditions could be looked for, but in the smaller cites and rural districts, as the recent outbreak at Cienfuegos demonstrates, this could not be guaranteed. There seemed little prospect, judging from past records and the governor's testimony, that the Cuban local authorities would if left to themselves carry out the conditions of the treaty securing Cuban independence, so far as sanitation is concerned. The signing of the decree1 by Governor Magoon by which the sanitary service is nationalized is, therefore, a matter of great import. The municipal sanitary service is, by this important measure, taken out of the hands of the local authorities

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