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August 9, 1890

It was Diphtheria that Killed them, in Montmorency and Otsego Counties.

JAMA. 1890;XV(6):230-231. doi:10.1001/jama.1890.02410320034010

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To the Editor:  —The outbreak of dangerous disease which has prevailed in Otsego and Montmorency counties since last spring, and which local physicians said was not diphtheria, and permitted two of the corpses to be sent to Lapeer county, where a case of diphtheria occurred in a person who viewed the remains, has been investigated by the State Board of Health, the investigation having been requested by a union meeting of the boards of health of three townships in those counties.Prof. Vaughan, of the University, a member of the State Board of Health, went and made the investigation. He has also made bacteriological examinations of the membrane from the throats of two of the patients, and has found and propagated the microörganisms which are believed to cause diphtheria. This species of microörganism is known as Löffler's bacillus. Prof. Vaughan says: "The bacilli have been compared with the Löffler bacillus,

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