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July 30, 1898


JAMA. 1898;XXXI(5):249-250. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.02450050047008

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The war news of the week has not been of an exciting character, although it concerns the progress of an outbreak of yellow fever in an army of twenty thousand susceptible men exposed to the infection, under conditions of fatigue and exposure which would be expected to measurably increase their susceptibility. The first cases of yellow fever appeared July 7, when four cases were taken from a house occupied by our troops at the front. A fifth case was discovered next day in a house in Siboney, directly across the road from the fever hospital established by Dr. Guitéras. The danger of occupying such houses was strongly set forth and widely distributed in a circular from the office of the Chief Surgeon; but this advice was disregarded. The houses, filthy beyond measure, were crowded with soldiers and utilized as offices and storehouses. Shortly after this they were all destroyed by

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