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The harbor of Gibara is a small, open one and well washed. The town of 10,000 inhabitants, a walled city nicely laid off with cleanly streets, presents a pretty seaport, which, with the assistance of constant sea breeze and sanitation can be made a perfectly healthy spot for occupancy by troops.
The town and vicinity were carefully inspected for a suitable location for camp grounds, and the most suitable site selected, i. e., the open point of land to the seaward of the city occupied by a small Spanish fort—a level promonotory in close proximity to the only available water-supply, consisting of a large, wellcared-for public cistern. The camp was nicely laid out, the fort taken as a guard-house and carefully disinfected, and an adjacent empty house designated as a hospital. Inasmuch as smallpox was prevalent in the city the command was placed in rigid quarantine, and it is recommended
WOODSON RS. SMALLPOX IN CUBA. THE EPIDEMIC IN THE HOLGUIN AND GIBARA DISTRICTS OF CUBA, INCLUDING A BRIEF REPORT OF THE SANITARY CONDITION OF THE TROOPS IN THE DEPARTMENT. JAMA. 1898;XXXI(25):1466–1468. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.92450250024001i
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