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July 23, 1898


JAMA. 1898;XXXI(4):190-191. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.02450040040008

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Public interest during the week ending July 16 centered in the surrender of Santiago, Cuba, and the outbreak of yellow fever among the troops investing the city. According to some of the dispatches the infection was brought to El Caney and Siboney by the many thousands of Spanish and Cuban refugees from Santiago; but inasmuch as General Miles considered it advisable to destroy all the buildings at Siboney by fire, it seems evident that this place must have been regarded by his medical officers as a focus of infection. Cases of fever were reported from the time of the first landing of the troops, but these were typhoid and malarial cases, with febrile conditions due to great fatigues and exposures alternately to excessive heat and to the chill of sleeping in wet clothes in the trenches. Ultimately, however, certain cases among men of the Quartermaster's Department, who had been most

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