Smallpox Epidemic, Part XLVIII

Indianapolis Journal - 1900-03-11 (Smallpox epidemic)SIX IN ONE FAMILY

Smallpox in the Home of James Rice,
Colored

Drs. Ferguson and Ridpath yesterday visited the home of James Rice, living on Sherman drive, just south of Washington street. Rice is colored and has a family of seven, all but one of them being afflicted with smallpox. The disease has been in the family for some time. The worst case is that of the oldest daughter, who has been employed in a family on the North Side. She has been sleeping at home nights. Once of the children also attended public school No. 2 and was sent home by the teacher who noticed eruptions on her face. A strict quarantine has been established, the expense of which will be born by the county, it having no pesthouse and having refused a short time ago to co-operate with the city in maintaining its pesthouse. The father is the only member of the family not afflicted.

Six Cases in One Family.

Six new cases of smallpox were reported to the State Board of Health, yesterday, from Noble county. The cases are all in one family and two of them are of the confluent form. The disease is supposed to have been contracted in Allen county.

“Six In One Family,” The Indianapolis Journal (Indianapolis, Indiana), 11 March 1900, p. 3, col. 3; digital image, Chronicling America (http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/ : accessed 6 December 2014).

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