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November 19, 1887

QUARANTINE DOES NOT DEAL WITH THE MOST DANGEROUS DISEASES.

JAMA. 1887;IX(21):657-658. doi:10.1001/jama.1887.02400200017003

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Abstract

Under this head Dr. Henry B. Baker, Secretary of the Michigan State Board of Health, sends us the following paragraphs:

"Relative to the persons who brought scarlet fever to Sutton's Bay, Mich., and who came on the S. S. Ohio, reaching New York September 30, 1887, Dr. Wm. M. Smith, Health Officer of the Port of New York, says:

"'Developed cases of diphtheria and scarlatina arriving on vessels at this port are removed to Ward's Island. It is impossible under the law for the Health Officer or the authorities at Castle Garden to quarantine persons who have been exposed to the contagion of those diseases, consequently the sick on board vessels during the voyage, doubtless, often infect the relatives or those with whom they come in contact,.... and who carry the latent contagion to interior communities. I would be glad if the law allowed those exposed to the contagion of

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