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Reader, will you not have yourself and every one for whom you are responsible vaccinated at three places on the arm to-day?
Copies of this circular for free distribution may be obtained by writing to the board at Bowling Green. By order of the board:
J. M. MATHEWS, M. D., President. J. N. McCORMACK, M. D., Secretary.
Those especially interested in health work in Kentucky will find much of interest in the history of the present epidemic which has been imported and re-imported into the State time after time since 1898. In its war against the disease, the board found that its authority to place in quarantine counties and towns whose authorities failed or refused to adopt proper precautions against the disease an indispensable weapon. This authority was exercised sparingly, but the kņowledge that it would be used when necessary, when this was fully understood, had a most salutary effect on that large class of county officials, especially, who constantly hampered the work of their health officials by refusing timely appropriations necessary for feeding, housing and nursing the indigent sick, and using this pretense of economy as a vote-making device for popularity and re-election to the then held or some higher office. This authority was resorted to at Lebanon Junction after every other remedy had failed, as will be shown by the following:
Early in March, 1899, a railroad employe, whose run was between Lebanon Junction and Corbin, contracted smallpox, probably in Louisville, where it had existed for months, and came down with it at his father's home in Williamsburg, his father being an undergraduate physician, practicing under the time limit and examination clause of the medical law. The disease was not recognized as smallpox, and, as soon as he was able to travel, after communicating the disease to his family, he returned to his brother's at Lebanon Junction, covered with scabs, bringing the disease to them, as well as to several of his fellowemployes.
As has been the case throughout the epidemic, most of the cases were mild, patients being quite ill usually until the eruption appeared, and then in a few days feeling well enough to walk about, having little if any secondary fever, many of the cases not even sending for a phy. sician. Quite a number of cases occurred and the disease had been carried from this point to Horse Cave, Corbin and into Nelson county be