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December 20, 1902

TYPHOID FEVER AND WATER SUPPLY IN CHICAGO.

JAMA. 1902;XXXIX(25):1561-1566. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.52480510001001
Abstract

The severity of the recent epidemic of typhoid fever in Chicago has given rise to some discussion concerning the relation of the city drinking water to the outbreak, and considerable interest has been aroused in the future possibilities, as well as the present conditions, of drainage disposal and water supply.

The matter is of far more than local concern. The character of the Chicago water supply affects not merely the large body of persons continuously dependent on this supply, but also all those living in the territory immediately surrounding the city and commercially connected with it. In fact, all the communities of the middle west whose citizens visit Chicago at frequent or at occasional intervals are vitally interested in the quality of the Chicago water supply. Not only is the health of individual visitors endangered by a polluted water, but cases of typhoid fever contracted in Chicago may be imported

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