January 23, 1904


JAMA. 1904;XLII(4):246-247. doi:10.1001/jama.1904.02490490036004

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The towns known as "The Oranges" in New Jersey have been suffering from more typhoid fever than usual this year, and a recent increased prevalence of the disease led to a careful investigation by the health board of the city of Orange. As is usually assumed, this increase was at first attributed to the water supply. Careful bacteriologic investigation, however, failed to confirm the suspicion of possible sewage contaminations of the drinking water of the town. It was found, however, on investigation, that a number of the patients suffering from typhoid fever had been hearty eaters of raw oysters, especially in the period shortly before their fever manifested itself. The local health officer declares that "careful investigation has confirmed us in the belief that the present outbreak of typhoid fever has resulted from the consumption of oysters procured from infected beds."

This is, of course, not the first time that

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