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August 26, 1905

The Yellow Fever Epidemic.

JAMA. 1905;XLV(9):646. doi:10.1001/jama.1905.02510090068017

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Natchez, Miss., Aug. 15, 1905.

To the Editor:  —In The Journal, August 12, you did a palpable injustice to some of the best people in the South when you refer to the quarantines as relics of the middle ages. Please let me call your attention to the report of the president of the Louisiana State Board of Health, in which he admits that he was aware of the existence of the fever on the 13th, but waited eight days before admitting it, thus allowing the people from the infected area time to scatter all over the states of Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana. It is this continued failure to keep faith with the people that has forced the present harsh measures. We know that non-intercourse with infected areas will prevent the introduction of the disease into the healthy towns, and propose to follow up the plan that has proved safe in

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