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December 31, 1898


JAMA. 1898;XXXI(27):1578-1579. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.02450270030007

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The appearance of this disease in Vienna has created some sensation, and has startled experimenters and laboratory workers. It appears that Drs. Albrecht and Ghon brought from Bombay the bacilli of this disease, and began a series of cultivations and experiments in the laboratory. Animals were inoculated and examined after death and the specific bacillus was isolated and transferred to different animals, and inoculation as a means of prevention was studied.

This work has been going on for over a year with many very interesting results. The two physicians and an attendant were the only persons who came in direct contact with the virus. The attendant fed the animals experimented upon, handled them, and cleaned the floors, and observed all the precautions supposed necessary to prevent accident. He also disposed of the carcasses of the animals. Suddenly he was seized with the plague and died. Two nurses who attended him

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