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March 31, 1900


JAMA. 1900;XXXIV(13):821. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.02460130053010

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On account of the charges and criticisms of a certain portion of the local press, even repeated in the pulpit, the president of the Board of Health of San Francisco has sent out an official statement giving the facts as to the recent occurrence of bubonic plague in that city. The tests made by competent authorities leave no doubt as to the existence of the disease in the one case that was first examined, and since then three other bodies which had been concealed till it was no longer possible to hide them have been found, as noted in our News columns this week. These gave the same bacillus and the postmortem findings indicating plague. If, as this would indicate, the bubonic plague has found a footing there, and is being concealed by the slippery orientals of that city, the condition is serious enough. It is satisfactory, however, to know

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