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April 11, 1931


JAMA. 1931;96(15):1247-1248. doi:10.1001/jama.1931.02720410057025

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Sanitation on Ships  The commission, under the chairmanship of Dr. Joseph Jitta, which was appointed by the minister of labor, commerce and industry, to institute an inquiry in regard to the hygienic precautions taken by the navigation companies, has presented its report, from which the following conclusions are excerpted:The sanitary administration on board passenger ships and freighters is, in the main, well regulated and controlled. The commission discovered, however, a certain remissness in connection with the obligation of reporting cases of contagious disease occurring on board Dutch ships outside the territorial waters of the Netherlands. It recommends therefore the extension of article 2 of the law pertaining to contagious diseases. The measures adopted to prevent the reception on board of persons who constitute a danger for the transmission of contagious diseases seem inadequate. The medical care on board the transoceanic steamers is, in the opinion of the commission, most

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