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November 24, 1906


JAMA. 1906;XLVII(21):1744. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.02520210052009

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The reappearance of yellow fever in Havana, together with the recent political troubles there, is an unfortunate augury for what may happen if the island is to be left entirely to be self-governed. According to the New Orleans Picayune's Havana correspondent, the appropriations for health purposes were remorselessly cut in the Cuban congress to an extent that practically destroyed the usefulness of the department. If Cuba is to be a good neighbor, the provision of the Platt amendment which requires due attention to sanitation, should be and must be observed. Havana is the starting point, apparently, for Cuban yellow fever, but it is easy for it to persist in remoter localities unknown to the more active health authorities of the city, and these also should be looked after. It is also stated by the Picayune's correspondent that the practice of appointing unfitted persons to offices for political reasons was extended

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