Disinfection and Fumigation after the Death of a Person with Yellow Fever.

Date: October 17, 1888

Series: S 868 - Yellow fever epidemic incoming correspondence, 1888.

Incoming correspondence to Joseph Y. Porter.

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JJ. Daniel, President; P. McQuaid, Vice-President; Dr. J.C. L’Engle, Treasure; Chas. S. Adams, Secretary; Jas. M. Fairlie, Cor. Secretary.

Executive Committee:

J.J. Daniel.

P. McQuaid.

J.M. Schumacher.

Dr. J.C. L’Engle.

C.G. Elliott.

P.E. McMurray.

W.A. McDuff.


Office of

Jacksonville Auxiliary Sanitary Association,

16 ½ West Bay Street.

P.O. Box 749. Telephone 108.



Jacksonville, Fla. ………………….. 188


Dr. Porter, (2).




Under this head the Committee beg leave to make some suggestions

which they hope will impress themselves favorably on you.

Rule I.- That instead of leaving it optional with the owner to

have “Mattresses, Pillows, Comforts and Blankets soiled by dejections

from the sick so as to prevent their further use by anyone else sick

in the same house”, destroyed by burning at once, it should be made

obligatory as a means to prevent the spread of the infection and the

owner paid a fair value for the property destroyed out of Government

funds. The grounds on which the Committee base these recommendations

are: - First, All citizens with but few exceptions, who had the means

to leave, sought safety in flight at the beginning of the epidemic,

and left their houses unoccupied. Those who remained did so, generally

speaking, because of want of means to go away, and in their homes

the scourge found its victims, and very few of those people indeed are

able to bear the loss of such property as you say should be destroyed.


The Executive Committee have felt it necessary to pay for property

destroyed under similar circumstances by Dr. Dem. Echemendia’s Staff

when under the direction of the Board of Health, as a measure of

relief to the owners, to enable them to [illegible].



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