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May 4, 1912

A TYPHOID CARRIER ON SHIPBOARD

JAMA. 1912;LVIII(18):1336-1339. doi:10.1001/jama.1912.04260050012003

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Abstract

An investigation just completed by the California State Board of Health has traced twenty-seven cases of typhoid among sailors to a carrier in the crew of a lumber steamer. Four of the patients succumbed to the disease. This typhoid carrier is unique among those already reported inasmuch as he was a member of a ship's crew and infected a large number of his companions without having anything to do with the handling of their food. The danger from typhoid on this ship was so well known among sailors that the vessel was called the "fever ship" and it was difficult to secure desirable men for the crew.

For three and a half years it has been noticed at the United States Marine Hospital in San Francisco that a large part of all the typhoid cases has come from the steamship Acme, a vessel carrying lumber from Humboldt Bay, usually from

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