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November 14, 1903


JAMA. 1903;XLI(20):1212. doi:10.1001/jama.1903.02490390036008

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Since we have acquired eastern possessions, with certain responsibilities and risks, it is satisfactory to know that our agents in the Orient are attending to sanitary matters. Plague and cholera have existed in the Philippine Islands for the past year and the latter especially has been a scourge in a large portion of the group. Notwithstanding the fact that we are in almost weekly communication with the islands and that travel back and forth by army transports and otherwise has become very extensive, we do not dread the introduction of cholera into this country because of our confidence that the quarantine authorities in the Philippines are wide-awake. The annual report of the chief quarantine officer for the Philippine Islands for the year ending July 31, 1903, contains some interesting particulars. With the possible exception of the work done at Tor, Egypt, near the southern entrance of the Suez canal, there

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