Closing Camp Upton

[The Nation; September 21, 1918]

The closing of Camp Upton to the public furnishes abundant evidence of the serious menace of the Spanish influenza epidemic. Boston reports sixteen deaths in six hours from the disease—ten of them among naval men. In the fourteen stations of the First Naval District 2,331 cases have been reported out of a total personnel of 20,500. Surgeon-General Rupert Blue, of the United States Public Health Service, has expressed fear that the disease may spread over the entire country within the next six weeks, and Federal and municipal health authorities are cooperating in an effort to prevent such a result, which, serious enough at any time, would be doubly disastrous under existing conditions. The individual citizen can aid the public officials, in this important matter by strict observance of those rules of personal hygiene which are the best assurance of immunity from the disease, and by the careful following of the suggestions made by the health authorities. The severe strain under which all work is carried on at the present time renders the whole population unusually subject to the attacks of disease in every form. It should be unnecessary to remind thoughtful persons that it is both a personal and a patriotic duty to keep well.

© J. Fred MacDonald, 2013



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