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March 16, 1912

Epidemic of Small-Pox in Alaska

Author Affiliations

Medical Missionary, Fort Yukon, Alaska.

JAMA. 1912;LVIII(11):803-804. doi:10.1001/jama.1912.04260030201031

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To the Editor:  —Last summer, at the opening of the Yukon river navigation, an outbreak of small-pox occurred at Dawson, the infection probably brought by some early traveler from the "outside." Much inconvenience to the steamboat companies and the traveling public was caused by the quarantine which it was necessary to set up against Dawson. But prompt measures taken by the Canadian health officer, Dr. Thompson, and the American army surgeon, Dr. Suggs at Fort Egbert (Eagle), just across the boundary line, were effectual in preventing the spread of the disease down the 2,200 miles of open river, and up the many tributaries.To this statement there is one exception: the joint American and Canadian survey parties engaged in delimiting the boundary between the United States and Canada, along the 141st meridian, got out of Dawson before the disease had declared itself, and proceeded to their point of operations on

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