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12. W. N. Wishard, attending Board meeting.
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MINUTES AND TRANSACTIONS
INDIANA STATE BOARD OF HEALTH
FISCAL YEAR ENDING SEPTEMBER 30, 1903.
October, November and December, 1902.
OFFICE STATE BOARD OF HEALTH, November 12, 1902.
Present: Drs. Forrest, Davis, Cook, Wishard and Hurty.
Object: This special session was called because the Governor had invited the members to a conference concerning public health matters, and it was thought advisable to seize upon the occasion to take action in regard to the proposed conference of State Boards of Health with the Chief of the United States Marine Hospital and Public Health Service in regard to plague in the United States, and also to appoint a delegate to attend the annual meeting of the American Public Health Association at New Orleans.
By Dr. Davis:
Whereas, The plague situation in the United States seems to be growing more serious daily, therefore it is
Resolved, That the Indiana State Board of Health respectfully requests Surgeon-General Wyman, Chief of the United States Marine Hospital and Public Health Service that all State health authorities be called in conference with him at such time and place as may seem proper to consider plague in the United States.
Ordered, That the Secretary shall attend the meeting of the American Public Health Association, to be held in New Orleans December 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 1902, to represent the State Board of Health.
REGULAR QUARTERLY MEETING.
OFFICE STATE BOARD OF HEALTH, January 9, 1903. Present: Drs. Davis, Cook, Hurty, Wishard, Forrest. President Forrest in the chair. Minutes of last meeting read and approved. The Secretary's report read and ordered spread of record.
REPORT OF SECRETARY FOR QUARTER ENDING
DECEMBER 31, 1903.
The office work was conducted as usual. The vital statistics have been collected and the monthly tabulations are now being made for the quarter. The Bulletin has been promptly issued, and I am glad to report it is in constant demand by persons who have not heretofore been on the mailing list. The Secretary made six visits, as follows:
November 1st, Parker City, account of smallpox.
of the American Public Health Association. Full detailed accounts of these visits are appended.
November 1st, Parker City.—In answer to a telephone message from the chairman of the town board of Parker City, seconded by the health officer, Dr. A. G. Rogers, I visited the said town on November 1st. Smallpox had broken out there and the usual conditions existed, namely, some physicians denied it was smallpox and others contended that it was. I saw three cases of typical smallpox, one of them extra severe. The town board was called together and I instructed them, as usual, in their duties and the law. They promised prompt action would be taken, and I know that energetic work has been done. Free vaccination was offered and a special health order covering the situation was passed.
November 8th, Fairmount.—I received a telephone message from the health officer of Fairmount on November 7th, requesting
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the aid of the State Board of Ilealth on account of smallpox. I accordingly went to Fairmount on November 8th, and upon investigation found that smallpox in mild form had prevailed there for at least two months. At the time of my visit it was more virulent, and it was this fact that caused the alarm. The usual instructions were given to the town board, which was very much interested, and which promised to take prompt action. Free vaccination was offered. I have learned since that the disease was completely extinguished for a while, but has reappeared among the unvaccinated.
November 27th, Templeton.—A telephone message was ceived from Templeton from the health officer, saying he was in trouble, because he knew full well that smallpox existed, but he was the only physician in the town that diagnosed the disease as smallpox. He feared unless he got the aid of the State Board of Health that the people would not take the proper precautions. Accordingly, on November 22d I went to Templeton and with the town health officer visited the case in question. There was no doubt about it being smallpox, and so the fact was announced. The town board met and I addressed them upon the situation, making the usual recommendations, all of which were adopted. Two cases appeared afterward in the patient's family, but no other cases so far have been reported.
November 24th, Guilford.-On November 24th, upon solicitation of Dr. W. A. Schooley, a resident of Guilford, and upon solicitation of Dr. Fagaly, health officer of Dearborn County, I visited Guilford. The cause of the visit was typhoid fever. Guilford is a town of about 300 inhabitants, in the northern part of Dearborn County. It is situated on a hillside. The first case appeared there August 23d. Frank Elliott, a telegrapher, came home sick, his parents living at Guilford. The case was first diagnosed malaria, and no precautions were taken to disinfect the dejecta. For this reason it is supposed the well became infected, as it very likely could be, from the location of the vault and the well. Water was carried by neighbors from this well for household use, and it is supposed by that means the disease was distributed over the town. Dr. Schooley himself came down on the 18th of September, and at the time of my visit there were six cases in his family. His own well had become infected. Thirty-one school