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January 2, 1943


Author Affiliations

San Francisco. Director of Public Health.

JAMA. 1943;121(1):70. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.02840010072024

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To the Editor:—  No doubt you recall your editorial entitled "War and the Spread of Epidemic Diseases" in The Journal, Aug. 2, 1941, page 368. This was written in view of reports in regard to plague.Because of certain recent positive findings of plague in rodents and their accompanying insects in Marin County, across the Bay from San Francisco, the question of reported plague was investigated. From the Public Health Reports of the United States Public Health Service for the last six months, April to October 1942, and the reports of the California State Board of Health, January to November 1942, plague has been demonstrated in rodents and their accompanying insects in twenty counties of California but not in San Francisco. Likewise it has been reported from the territory of Hawaii and the states of Montana, Nevada, Idaho and Oregon. Plague was demonstrated in these communities in fleas, lice and

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