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A history of plague in the United States of America
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    March 1955
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A  history of plague in the United States of America
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    United States, Public Health Service. ; Communicable Disease Center (U.S.) ;
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    I. Introduction -- II. The first San Francisco epidemic -- III. The second San Francisco epidemic, including other bay area cities -- IV. Plague in Seattle -- V. Plague in wild animals -- VI. The New Orleans epidemics -- VII. Plague in gulf coast cities -- VIII. Los Angeles pneumonic plague outbreak -- IX. Maritime quarantine measures -- X. Plague in the Territory of Hawaii -- XI. Plague in Puerto Rico -- X II. Modern plague control methods -- X III. Treatment and prophylaxis of plague -- References -- Appendix Summary of cases of human plague in the United States, 1900-1951 -- Human plague in the United States, by year and State, 1900-1951 -- Age-sex distribution of human cases of plague in the United States, 1900-1951 -- Observed seasonal distribution of human plague in the United States, 1950-51 -- Human plague in 36 counties in 12 States, 1900-1951 -- Counties in the United States where human plague lias occurred, 1900-1951 -- Human plague on ships arriving at United States ports, 1899-1926 -- Cases of animal plague reported in the United States, 1902-51 -- Animals examined and positive results in the United States, fiscal years 1903-50 -- Counties in the United States surveyed for animal plague, 1900- 1950 -- Rodent plague on ships arriving at United States ports, 1910-26 -- Animal sources of plague-positive ectoparasites, by State -- Publications on plague by Public Health Service officers

    "Measured in terms of morbidity and mortality, plague has never been a major public health problem in the United States, but, in terms of latent danger and the total cost of suppressive measures during the past 50 years, it cannot be placed in a minor classification. This disease, which has been one of the world's greatest killers, has forced the spending of large amounts of money on efforts to keep it out of this country, to suppress the epidemics which did gain a foothold, and to control or eradicate epizootics in domestic and wild rodents. Modern methods of rodent and ectoparasite control, together with almost specific therapeutic drugs, have decreased the potential danger from plague. Arrival at this turning point makes it particularly fitting to review the accomplishments of the past five decades, to summarize the cooperative efforts of the Public Health Service and the State health departments, and to emphasize specific contributions by individuals of the Public Health Service." - p. iii

    Dr. Link is deputy officer in charge of the Communicable Disease Center, Bureau of State Services, Public Health Service, Atlanta, Ga. Before coming to the center, he was stationed at the Public. Health Service's Plague Laboratory at San Francisco, where he was deputy medical officer in charge from June 1943 to November 1950 and medical officer in charge from December 1950 to February 1952. Dr. Link is a member of the World Health Organization's Expert Advisory Panel on Plague for the 5-year term 1952-57.

    Issued concurrently with the March 1955 issue of Public health reports, vol. 70, no. 3).

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