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December 17, 1898

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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Abstract

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

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