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October 29, 1892

PHILADELPHIA LETTER.

JAMA. 1892;XIX(18):532-535. doi:10.1001/jama.1892.02420180026007

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Abstract

All danger of our having an epidemic of cholera being over for this year, quarantine vigilance has now relaxed, so as to detain only those vessels which have actually sickness on board or the cargoes of which consist of rags or other probably infected material. It is only justice to state that the escape of the community from the scourge is unquestionably due to the timely activity and unceasing exertions of our city and State health authorities. One of the measures calling for special mention is the employment of microscopical experts by the city authorities, so that in all cases in which bowel disorder aroused suspicion of cholera infection, bacteriological examinations and cultures were systematically made. The result was that in no instance was Koch's comma bacillus detected. Notwithstanding the proximity of vessels from infected ports which were lying in the river, it can be said that not a single

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