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April 27, 1901


JAMA. 1901;XXXVI(17):1185. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.02470170031007

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In his letter accompanying the report of the vital statistics of Havana for March, Major Gorgas, the chief sanitary officer, calls attention to the fact that Havana at last is free from yellow fever. He expresses the opinion that never before has that city been so long free from the disease, and attributes the present conditions in a large part to the systematic war waged on mosquitoes during the month of March. He has, he says, the strongest hopes of destroying the foci in that way. In former times and even since the American occupation the milder types of the disease passed largely unrecognized, and no such strenuous attempt was made to report them as is the case at present. Hence the significance of present conditions, and it is evident that the health authorities of Cuba are trying to verify clinically as well as experimentally the mosquito origin of the

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