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August 4, 1900

True Origin of the Epidemic of Yellow Fever.

JAMA. 1900;XXXV(5):308-310. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.02460310042016

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New Orleans, La., July 21, 1900.

To the Editor:  —"True Origin of the Epidemic of 1897 (Yellow Fever)", is the title of a well-written and very interesting article, in which Dr. J. H. White, of the United States Marine-Hospital Service, shows to his thorough satisfaction that yellow fever was introduced into Ocean Springs, Miss., in 1897, by a man named Thomas Shannahan.Dr. White says (report of U. S. M.-H. Service for 1898, page 536):Thomas Shannahan came from Guatemala, where he spent a short time prior to sailing, at a hotel in Port Barrios, at which hotel yellow fever is said to have existed. He sailed from Port Barrios, on April 8, on the steamship Breakwater and arrived at quarantine at Port Eads on April 12, and the quarantine season not being at hand, he suffered neither detention nor disinfection of his effects. He arrived at Ocean Springs, Miss.,

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