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August 16, 1902


JAMA. 1902;XXXIX(7):378-379. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.02480330032008

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During the last month the number of cases of typhoid fever in Chicago has increased with alarming rapidity. The number of cases admitted to the various hospitals is very large; about two hundred cases are now being treated in the Cook County Hospital, according to the newspaper reports. The unusual amount of rain during the spring and summer and the incompleteness of the intercepting sewer which is regarded as necessary in order that the drainage canal may exercise its full usefulness in preventing the contamination of the water supply with sewage emptied into the lake, arc regarded as the most reasonable explanation for this rather unexpected epidemic of a preventable disease. The Health Department of Chicago for years has been printing in the public press daily reports of the analyses of the lake water from the various intakes. The quality of the water has varied greatly from day to day,

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