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August 10, 1929


JAMA. 1929;93(6):469-470. doi:10.1001/jama.1929.02710060045019

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The Paris Drinking Water Supply Incapable of Disseminating Typhoid  A member of the municipal council of Paris, having heard unfounded reports in regard to cases of typhoid observed in Paris, asked the prefect of the Seine whether the drinking water supplied to the population of Paris was sufficiently sterilized by the javellization process; whether it would not be well to consider the introduction of some other system, and other questions of like nature. In his reply, published in the Bulletin municipal, the prefect of the Seine stated that the largest part of the water distributed to Parisians is absolutely pure, as it comes from excellent sources. What has to be taken from the Seine or from the Marne, in summer, has been sterilized since 1911 by javellization. This process has given good results. Statistics show that, in 1880, 2,003 deaths from typhoid occurred in Paris; in 1882, the number increased

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