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May 11, 1895

" CHOLERA AND OYSTERS."

JAMA. 1895;XXIV(19):728-729. doi:10.1001/jama.1895.02430190032008

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Abstract

Not content with having fixed the stigma of being a typhoid-fever carrier upon the oyster, our English cousins are now attacking that hitherto supposedly innocuous bivalve as a disseminator of Asiatic cholera. Following the British Medical Journal's series of articles on the conveyance of certain water-borne diseases by oysters and other shellfish comes a report by Dr. Thorne Thorne to the Local Government Board upon the distribution of cholera in England in 1893, from which it appears that the disease was conveyed to different parts of the Kingdom either by oysters shipped from, or in the persons of excursionists who had eaten oysters in, Grimsby and Cleesthorpe—two popular seaside resorts at the mouth of the Humber.

In its review of the evidence submitted in the report the Journal says: "Reverting, in conclusion, to the general question, we would point out that no absolute conclusion is come to in the report,

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