IT certainly is rather discouraging! For years humanity has been definitely instructed that the spread of contagious disease was effected through the bacteria of the sputum, the spores of the atmosphere, tainted water, clothing, etc., and elaborate regulations for quarantine and disinfection have been rigorously imposed upon all who exposed by contact or otherwise. These scientific dicta have assumed the authority of law, and man's obedience or disobedience to its mandate has determined his fate. And now they have found out that all this simply isn't so The microbe is innocent as can be, and the guilty party is none other than the mosquito.

Surgeon General Sternberg is reported to have announced the fact, and to have issued his orders the sanitary authorities of Havana in keeping with the same.

In the war against yellow fever, disinfectants and fumigation are to be replaced with an entirely new weapon; viz., mosquito netting! and the fight is made correspondingly less interesting, while the anxieties of the fearful are vastly increased.

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Doctor of Laws
May 16, 1901

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