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July 13, 1901


JAMA. 1901;XXXVII(2):118. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.02470280042015

An editorial in the Journal of Tropical Medicine1 summarizes the present status of the plague in terms that are not altogether encouraging. Hong Kong is now passing through the seventh recrudescence, one that promises to be the worst yet experienced. Modern sanitation seems there to have met its match. In spite of specially favorable conditions this British outpost appears to be as vulnerable as any of the adjacent insanitary Chinese towns and villages. "From what is known of plague," the editorial states, "we must expect when once a town is infected, that recurrences are not only possible but that they will continue with an inveterate persistency, rendering the future, from a public health and commercial point of view, gloomy in the extreme." The plague in Capetown is also instanced as affording unpleasant facts. We have come to believe that Asiatics were especially susceptible to the disease and that the