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May 16, 1908


JAMA. 1908;L(20):1612-1613. doi:10.1001/jama.1908.02530460036007

It is reported that epidemic rabies exists at present in one or more states of the Union, and there are probably few states that have not a few cases of this disease among dogs at all times, while instances of human infection are not unknown in any section. In this respect the United States compares unfavorably with Europe. The total annual mortality from hydrophobia in this country is from 100 to 300. In England the muzzling order has been followed by a complete disappearance of the disease. According to Dr. Hart,1 the disease among dogs is increasing. In and about the city of Washington its frequency during the last ten months has been alarming; in 1907 a positive diagnosis of rabies was made in 44 cases, and of these 33 were found in the District of Columbia or its immediate neighborhood. These 33 animals bit 16 people, 46 dogs,

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