Medicine: Epidemics

Septic Sore Throat. In ten days, an epidemic of septic sore throat has killed 26 people in Lee, Mass. Of the remaining 4,000 population, more than 400 lay in fevered agony, last week, unable to swallow; their glands hard and swollen; their heads hammering with constant pain. Doctors, nurses, supplies were rushed to Lee.

The source of the epidemic was traced to the principal milk dealer. Two of his men who handled the milk were found with sore throats from which Streptococcus hemolyticus was isolated. The guilty microbes were also found in the udder of a cow now excluded from the herd....

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