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August 5, 1905


JAMA. 1905;XLV(6):406. doi:10.1001/jama.1905.02510060042009

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The yellow fever situation in New Orleans became rather serious during the week. Up to August 1 there had been reported 304 cases, with 62 deaths. Unfortunately the disease has spread to three points in the new American quarter of the city and to at least three outside parishes. Alarmed residents are leaving for the north, and the city's commerce is at a standstill on account of quarantines. As not all newspaper tales are to be believed, possibly no credence is to be given to that one which lends a ray of humor to the otherwise grave plight of the city, and which alleges that to combat the infected Louisiana mosquitoes Governor Vardarman of Mississippi has ordered the state artillery to the Louisiana frontier. In one of the reports of the Board of Health there appeared the significant statement that it seems probable that yellow fever has existed since May

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