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April 13, 1901


JAMA. 1901;XXXVI(15):1049. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.02470150045010

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An authoritative statement is printed in our news columns in regard to the reported case of bubonic plague in Ann Arbor. This seems to be especially noteworthy as a case of laboratory infection and as the only one thus far occurring in the inland region of our country—that is, assuming it to be a genuine case of plague. Its early recognition and the prompt action in treatment and disinfection should reassure any who have felt any apprehensiveness in regard to the spread of the disease; the experience that has been gained since the Vienna incident shows that the excessive fear of the extension of the disorder is unfounded. The present case, however, indicates the risks that may occur in laboratory work and the precautions that ought to be taken to avoid any possible contagion. While the actual method of the infection is not known, it may easily have occurred from

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