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November 8, 1919


JAMA. 1919;73(19):1455-1456. doi:10.1001/jama.1919.02610450051024

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London, Oct. 8, 1919.

Rabies in England  Sir Stewart Stockman, chief veterinary officer of the board of agriculture and fisheries, has reviewed the position of rabies in this country in recent years in his annual report. The disease was eradicated in 1902 by the muzzling of dogs, and stringent measures were taken against its introduction by a period of quarantine covering the usual latent period of the disease. For sixteen years these measures have been effective, but conditions arising out of the war have allowed the disease to be introduced from the continent. It first appeared in Devonshire in September, 1918. A veterinary inspector was sent down to report on the mysterious deaths of dogs: laboratory investigation showed that they were due to rabies. An order was issued prohibiting movement of dogs out of Cornwall and Devon and enforcing muzzling in an area round Plymouth, which was afterward extended to

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