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August 16, 1902


JAMA. 1902;XXXIX(7):378. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.02480330032007

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The occurrence of several cases of typhoid fever at the new Government post at Chickamauga raised some unpleasant suspicions. It was thought to be among the possibilities that the germs might still have existed in the soil as relics of the epidemic that raged through the camps during the Spanish-American war, and this naturally excited some apprehension. The duration of life of Eberth's bacillus in the soil had never been satisfactorily ascertained, but there are reasons to think that under favoring circumstances it may be long. That such conditions should exist in ordinary soil where the disinfectant organisms have full play and for a period of four years would be a rather unsatisfactory finding. It is with pleasure, therefore, that we notice among the special press dispatches one giving out the statement that the Government expert, Dr. Carroll, who was deputized to investigate the matter, has found no evidence of

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