January 20, 1912


Author Affiliations

Passed Assistant Surgeon, U. S. Public Health and Marine-Hospital Service ELLIS ISLAND, N. Y.

JAMA. 1912;LVIII(3):187-188. doi:10.1001/jama.1912.04260010189012

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The following case of a convalescent cholera carrier is one of about sixty-two cholera eases and carriers, recorded at the New York Quarantine Laboratory in the bacteriologic examination of Italian immigrants during the months of July, August and September.

Since, from the time of the initial symptoms to the last positive examination, the interval was only fifty-four days, which period fell short of the longevity of several reported cases, the main point of interest in this case attaches not so much to the longevity of the cholera vibrios in the intestinal tract as to the irregularity of their presence in the stool.

The case occurred in a sailor aboard a transatlantic liner sailing from Genoa and Italian way ports. August 4, he presented himself to the ship's surgeon, complaining of vomiting and diarrhea. The symptoms were of such moderate nature that the ship's surgeon made the diagnosis of fireman's cramps,

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