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July 19, 1902


JAMA. 1902;XXXIX(3):142. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.02480290026009

A Hong Kong correspondent1 reports that during the early part of May four or five cases of bubonic plague were reported or discovered daily, and that while every effort was made to discover the early cases, the co-operation of the Chinese was not obtained. Some of the cases apparently were discovered only when the bodies were dumped out on the streets by unknown parties. This throws a little light on San Francisco possibilities. If in Hong Kong, with every effort being made to reveal-not to conceal—plague, including regular house-to-house visitation, such difficulties are encountered, how much better a chance for its concealment must exist in San Francisco, where not only the Chinese but the civil authorities are actively interested in the suppression of all facts.