Medicine: The Smallpox Scare

In Manhattan and its surrounding counties, by last week, there were eleven cases of smallpox (including one death) traceable to a visiting Mexican (TIME, April 21). Health officials hoped that the situation was under control. But up & down the eastern seaboard, plain citizens were taking no chances:

¶ In Manhattan, people queued up by the thousands, sometimes in lines five blocks long, for vaccination. By week's end, despite a shortage of vaccine, more than 2,500,000 of the city's 7,500,000 had been vaccinated. The city had appropriated $600,000 for smallpox fighting.

¶ Passengers on...

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