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October 1, 1898


JAMA. 1898;XXXI(14):801. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.02450140055010

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Yellow fever has again made its appearance in Louisiana and Mississippi. The familiar scenes of panic and local quarantine are once more to the front. The gush that was ladled out in certain quarters about "stamping out" the fever by the long-range method now prevalent in the Washington Bureau, is now seen to have been premature. Hundreds of refugees fleeing from the infected localities, and the interference with travel, constitute irrefutable evidence of the monumental failure of the Marine Hospital Bureau as at present managed to stop the spread of the disease.

The passage by Congress of the bill creating a Bureau of Public Health, is growing more and more necessary.

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