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REDUCTION OF TYPHOID FEVER IN THE PASSAIC VALLEY.

Issue 7 and Volume 31.

REDUCTION OF TYPHOID FEVER IN THE PASSAIC VALLEY. For a considerable period the Passaic valley, in the State of New Jersey, was a nest in which the typhoid germ has incubated with deadly effect—thereby affording a most reliable index as to the unwholesome character and quality of the water supply. With a change in the source of that supply there was an immediate falling off in the death rate in the cities of Paterson, Passaic, and others, which had substituted the Little Falls water for their previous source of supply. Before that was done, from 1896 to 1900 the death rate for Paterson from typhoid fever averaged forty-three per annum for every 100,000 of population. For the year ending Deccember 7, after the change in the water supply had been made, it was reduced to twenty-two, and the following year, to nineteen. So, also, at Passaic: The death rate from…

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