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From many sources it is learned that smallpox is now rife in Cuba, and many have expressed uneasiness lest the new levies of troops, many officers and men alike inexperienced, might suffer from smallpox. The assumption is a gratuitous one, for without question all State troops will be vaccinated at the different State rendezvous. This vaccination and revaccination so far as the militia are concerned, need not be done until the men are mustered into the United States volunteer service, as many of them will doubtless have to return home after the rigid physical examination which the regulations require. The percentage of loss is considerable, but their places can easily be supplied from among the thousands awaiting opportunity for enlistment, but while at the rendezvous awaiting orders to the field, the entire force should be properly vaccinated, or revaccinated as required in individual cases. In this war the United States
MILITARY MEDICINE OF THE DAY. JAMA. 1898;XXX(18):1051. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.02440700043005
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