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November 11, 1893

Minnesota State Board of Health and Vital Statistics.

JAMA. 1893;XXI(20):746. doi:10.1001/jama.1893.02420720030014

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Office of Secretary and Executive Officer, Red Wing, Minn., Nov. 6, 1893. 

To the Editor:  —I beg to report that a case of confluent smallpox has appeared in the person of a boy, Elmer Rogers, age 11, and unvaccinated, in the town of Featherstone, Goodhue County. He is a resident, and at the time of exposure was traveling from Virginia through Pennsylvania, Indiana, Ohio, Illinois to Minnesota, so that it is difficult to say where, in those States, he took the infection. I was called by the family Friday the 3d of November and found a well-marked case of confluent smallpox, the eruption having begun on Monday four days before. The attending doctor supposed the disease chickenpox. A careful list was made of all persons who had visited the family since the preceding Saturday. I visited, vaccinated and put under observation all who had been exposed since Sunday. There are

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