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October 28, 1911

A MILK-BORNE EPIDEMIC OF TYPHOID FEVER: AND THE DEMONSTRATED VALUE OF THE WIDAL REAO TION IN DETECTING A TYPHOID CARRIER

Author Affiliations

Assistant Bacteriologist, Board of Health WORCESTER, MASS.

JAMA. 1911;LVII(18):1418-1420. doi:10.1001/jama.1911.04260100244002
Abstract

This epidemic of typhoid fever, which occurred among the customers of one milk distributor, is reported that once more the probable danger to the community of a carrier of infection, engaged in the production of a food, may be emphasized, and the value of the agglutination reaction of Widal, as a means for locating such a carrier, be more fully appreciated. By reports of such epidemics the public will be aroused to the dangerous possibilities of these carriers. With this realization, the cooperation of whole communities, which is lacking at present, will be enlisted, the selfish personal motives and prejudices of ignorance, which attempt to block the efforts of the health service, will be overcome and the culmination will be a general demand that methods be devised and means be generously provided that such carriers may be sought out in advance, and such epidemics thus anticipated.

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