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August 24, 1912

Plague in Havana Controlled by Own Health Department

JAMA. 1912;LIX(8):668. doi:10.1001/jama.1912.04270080350026

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To the Editor:  —In your editorial (Aug. 3, 1912, p. 375) speaking of plague, you state: "The work of eradicating the disease is being carried on by the Public Health and Marine-Hospital Service in cooperation with the Department of Sanitation of Porto Rico, and by the local and United States authorities in Havana." As regards Havana, the above statement is incorrect and I am sure you will be pleased to make due acknowledgment of the facts on obtaining better information. The United States authorities have had nothing to do with the eradication of plague in this city. They have sent here a very efficient officer, Dr. von Ezdorf of the P. H. and M.-H. S. to look after vessels sailing for United States ports, and we have assisted him, with pleasure, in the protection of American commerce and passenger travel. But, if the plague has been eradicated promptly in Havana,

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