Medicine: Bus Ride to Manhattan

A Mexican importer named Eugene LeBar and his wife, bound for Manhattan, boarded a bus in Mexico City. That was on Feb. 25. Four days later, checking in wearily at a midtown Manhattan hotel, Mr. LeBar began to feel ill. His wife tried to nurse him, finally had him taken to a hospital.

On March 10 he died of "hemorrhagic bronchitis"—or so the doctors thought.

By last week, Eugene LeBar's month-old death had touched off one of the most elaborate disease hunts in recent U.S. history. Throughout Manhattan, and all along the bus route, in many another U.S. city and town, health officers...

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