SMALLPOX AT BETHEL

FEB 4, 1909 - PARAGOULD DAILY PRESS - PAGE 2

TRANSCRIBED BY : TINA EASLEY

tina@grnco.net

http://www.usgennet.org/usa/ar/county/greene/

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NO SMALL POX DANGER

LABORERS IN RAILROAD CAMP AFFLICTED WITH MALADY HAVE BEEN REMOVED TO HOSPITAL

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LAST WEEK DRS. McKENZIE AND SIMS OFFICERS OF THE PARAGOULD BOARD OF HEALTH WERE CALLED TO BETHEL TO INVESTIGATE A SMALL POX SCARE. A LARGE CREW OF MEN EMPLOYED IN THE BRIDGE DEPARTMENT OF THE COTTON BELT ARE AT WORK IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD OF BETHEL AND IT WAS IN THIS CROWD OF LABORERS THAT THE SMALL POX STARTED. UPON REACHING THE SCENE DRS. McKENZIE AND SIMS INVESTIGATED AND FOUND THAT THERE WERE THREE WELL DEVELOPED CASES OF SMALL POX IN CAMP. THEY REPORTED AT ONCE TO THE RAILROAD OFFICIALS AND HAD THE PATIENTS REMOVED TO THE RAILROAD HOSPITAL.

THE FOLLOWING DAY DR. McKENZIE RECEIVED A TELEGRAM FROM SUPT. E.A. PECK AUTHORIZING HIM TO RETURN TO BETHEL , FUMIGATE ALL THE BOARDING AND SLEEPING CARS AND FREELY USE DISINFECTANTS ON THE LABORERS. HE DID AS DIRECTED AND SAYS THERE IS NOT THE SLIGHTEST CHANCE OF A SPREAD OF THE DISEASE FROM THAT SOURCE. A FEW CASES OF SMALLPOX HAVE ALSO BEEN REPORTED AT JONESBORO AND OTHER NEIGHBORING TOWNS , BUT THEY ARE ALL UNDER RIGID QUARANTINE AND THERE IS NO CAUSE FOR ALARM IN PARAGOULD AS THE CITY BOARD OF HEALTH WILL USE EVERY PRECAUTION TO KEEP THE AWFUL DISEASE OUT.

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