Medicine: Border Outbreak

More than 30 people in California's Imperial County were bitten last week by dogs, many of which were certainly rabid.

At least 100 county residents were taking or had recently finished the tedious "Pasteur treatment"*—a series of 14 to 21 painful daily injections. Since Labor Day, 1,388 animals (mostly dogs, but including 187 cats) had been shot (more than 200 last week) on the suspicion that any animal at large might be rabid. That the suspicion was justified was shown in a check of 48 stray dogs picked up at Calexico in four days: 29 proved rabid.

Rabies is a disease that demands...

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