Roosevelt's Special Message about Sanitation efforts after his visit to Panama on inspection

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Roosevelt's Special Message about Sanitation efforts after his visit to Panama on inspection - cleaned its streets. The results have been...
cleaned its streets. The results have been astounding. The Isthmus had been a byword for deadly unhealthfulness. Now. after two years of our occupation the conditions as regards sickness and the death rate compare favorably with reasonably healthy localities in the United States. Especial care has been devoted to minimizing the risk due to the presence of those species of mosquitoes •wnlcn have been found to propagate malarial and yellow fevers. In air the settlements, the little temporary towns or cities composed of the white and black employes, which grow up here and there In the tropic Jungle as the needs of the work dictate, the utmost care is exercised to keep the conditions healthy. Everywhere are to be seen the drainage ditches which in removing the water have removed the breeding places of the mosquitoes, while the whole jungle is cut away for a considerable space around the habitations, thus destroying the places in -which the mosquitoes take shelter. shelter. These drainage ditches and clearings are in evidence in every settlement, and. together with the invariable presence of mosquito screens around the piazzas, and of Tnosquito doors to the houses, not to speak of the careful fumigation that has gone on In all infected houses, doubtless explain the extraordinary absence of mosquitoes. As a matte'r of fact, but a single mosquito, and this not of the days on the isthmus. Equal care is taken by the inspectors of the health department department to secure cleanliness in the houses and proper hygienic conditions of every kind. I inspected between 20 and 30 water-closets, both those used by the white employes and those used by the colored laborers. In almost every case r found the conditions perfect. In but one

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  1. The Chillicothe Constitution-Tribune,
  2. 18 Dec 1906, Tue,
  3. Page 3

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