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February 1, 1902


JAMA. 1902;XXXVIII(5):328-329. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.02480050042009

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The December report of the sanitary authorities of Havana shows that that city had for the month a mortality ratio of only 20.47, which places it among the fairly healthy cities of its population and in an exceptionally favorable grade for a city in the tropics. What is still more significant, however, is the fact that yellow fever has for three months contributed nothing whatever to its mortality. Only three non-fatal cases were reported in October, and none at all since. The average mortality from this cause for the years preceding for which reliable records exist, 1871-1900, gives an average of about 30 annual deaths from this cause in December; in 1899 and 1900, with every attention to sanitation according to the then prevalent ideas of care as to infection, isolation, disinfection or destruction of fomites, etc., yellow fever was fully as prevalent in December as in the average of

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