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During the month of April and the last week in March the deaths from epidemic cerebrospinal meningitis in New York City have averaged over 100 a week, and toward the end of the month the fatality was rather on the increase than on the decrease. Over 1,000 deaths from the disease have occurred in New York City since the beginning of the present year. It is easy to understand, then, that every effort is justified in preventing any further spread. Accordingly, though the affection has not been proved to be contagious, the New York City Department of Health has announced that hereafter the disease must be reported and that every room in which it has occurred must be disinfected and every patient as carefully isolated as for any of the known virulently contagious diseases.
This does not determine the contagious nature of the disease, but is only an extraordinary precaution
EPIDEMIC CEREBROSPINAL MENINGITIS. JAMA. 1905;XLIV(17):1371–1372. doi:10.1001/jama.1905.02500440047007
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