Typhoid reduction through city filtration
' AS TO TYPHOID It Can be Prevented by Sanitation. Sanitation. AN OBJECT LESSON AT HOME The Fever Has Been Stamped Out at the State Hospital by Filtration. Much has been said of late about typhoid fever and modes of preven tion. In the olden times this disease was regarded as a dispensation of providence or the work of the devill. Modern science has proven it to be entirely subject to sanitation. It does not arise from a miasma - air pollution. pollution. It is coronxunicaible only by way of the. alimentary canal, where, dn proper sivbjects, it multiplies immensely immensely and is then carried into the general circulation, where iUs deadly deadly work is done. The germ, c.annot survive out . of water, so to make it plain it is onfly necessary to state that while the disease disease may be communicated through the careless or ignorant handling of patients stiffening with the disease or their clothing, the real source of danger is in the water supply. As soon is an intelligent physician discovers discovers a case of typhoid fever he at once sets about to find out the cause to prevent its further extension. The treatment of typhoid fever is now - so well understood that comparatively comparatively few die from the disease in proportion to the great number who are afflicted in more or les violent tform. It has been said that, the deaths from typhoid fever" in this city from ISftS to" 1900 inclusive was 14, 18 and 23, respectively, and this for a city of o0,000 inhabitants. The whole number of people suffering during the years from the disease, if definitely definitely known, would be a Startling figure. 'Xo home where absolute sanitation is not. observed can be free from danger, danger, but it is a notable fact that in the majority of cases the people who are lea - sit - aible to bear the long periods of inaction which the disease imposes are the heaviest sufferers. The reason reason of this often is that they are unable unable to provide private filtration of water or control the sanitation of their premise... It is stated upon authority authority that in some European cities where the water supply, coming from underground sources, is remarkably pure, the death rate from typhoid fever is as low as 5 to lOO.OOo"; Har - risburg on the same basis ofcampari - son is 45. The best object lesson on this subject subject is found right here at home. The inmates of the State Insane Asylum suffered for years from typhoid fever and dysentery. At times the conditions conditions were extremely serious. A filtration filtration plant was installed, with the result tiat the diseases have practically practically disappeared.