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Although many writers have discussed the problem of fumigating vessels by the useof sulphur or its dioxid, very little seems to be known or written about the use of flue-gas for the destruction of rats on vessels. Surgeon W. G. Stimpson and Passed Assistant Surgeon Norman Roberts of the Public Health Service have written on this subject regarding the composition of flue-gas and its efficiency and use. The present article will treat of its practical application.
When a vessel is inspected at quarantine and requires fumigation, a letter of instructions is given to the captain, and arrangements made through the local agents for her fumigation at the anchorage or dock as soon after her arrival as possible. A card is then filled out with the necessary data concerning the vessel and filed for future reference.
Coke is the agent employed for the production of the gas, and is burned in
BERKOWITZ ME. THE PRACTICAL SIDE OF DERATIZATION WITH FLUE-GASWITH SPECIAL REFERENCE TO THE PORT OF PHILADELPHIA. JAMA. 1914;LXII(7):526–527. doi:10.1001/jama.1914.02560320026012
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