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The newspaper reports of new cases of plague in San Francisco are not surprising; in fact they are no more than was anticipated. Any of our Pacific ports in direct communication with the Orient and with a specially segregated Mongolian quarter are liable to the same possibilities, and inland cities with similar elements in their population are also not free from danger. The influx of Japanese was never greater than at the present time, and it may be that in this is our greatest danger. Plague is now, however, a pandemic; it has reappeared in Egypt, it exists in South Africa, South America, Australia, China, Japan, Russia, and Persia as well as in India, where it has extended itself, being malignant in the eastern portion of that country, in Calcutta as well as in Bombay. It is therefore a universal danger and one that should receive the attention of sanitarians
THE PLAGUE.. JAMA. 1900;XXXIV(21):1349. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.02460210055015
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