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March 16, 1901

Quarantine Against Plague.

JAMA. 1901;XXXVI(11):751. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.02470110053017

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New York, March 8, 1901.

To the Editor:  —Dr. Doty is quoted by Dr. Bracken, in The Journal of March 9, p. 677, as having said that "rats collected at New York, from coffee-carrying vessels from Rio Janeiro and Santos, during the recent outbreak of plague in those two places, were examined bacteriologically, and in no instance was there the slightest evidence of bubonic plague." I add that neither did Dr. Doty's bacteriological examination disclose bubonic plague in the body of the dead laborer on one of the lighters to which the cargo was being removed in mid-bay—who suddenly died of pneumonia. Yet the man's hands had been in direct contact with the rat-infected cargo, and had breathed into his lungs its dust. Credit is due President Murphy, of the New York Board of Health, for his firmness in not permitting the port quarantine service to unload those ships at

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