Medicine: Pestilence in Egypt

A Government doctor in the little village of Al Korein, north of Cairo, reported some patients with vomiting, cramps and diarrhea. Four days later, ancient, crowded Egypt knew that it had an outbreak of Asiatic choler, the first since 1902, when cholera swept all Egypt, killing 34,595 people (mortality: 85%). Eventually the 1902 outbreak reached Europe and America.

Quick Action. There was virtually no treatment for cholera 45 years ago, little public health cooperation. But last week a vast machine, reaching from Russia to the U.S., was in efficient action. Troops sealed off...

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