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May 4, 1901


JAMA. 1901;XXXVI(18):1257. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.02470180039007

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Since the report of the Government Commission there has been no denial of the existence of plague in San Francisco, but notwithstanding the fact that the Chinese quarters are being fumigated, etc., a little more positive assurance of the thoroughness of the work would be welcome. It is being done by appointees of the State Board of Health, the dominating element of which had up to the Government's investigation emphatically denied the existence of the disease. One might reasonably prefer to have the work in other hands to feel a positive assurance of its thoroughness, for no halfway measures will suffice. We are informed by our San Francisco correspondent that at present no new cases of plague are being found and that remarkably few deaths from any cause are being reported in Chinatown, which leads to a suspicion that the Chinese are at their old tricks again, hiding their sick

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