Quarantined Before They Could Leave Because of Smallpox.
The seventh case of smallpox within a week was reported to the Board of Health last night, the patient being Walter Grider, living at 2117 Chestnut street. Grider was compelled to go to bed yesterday and when physicians were called the disease was immediately diagnosed as smallpox. Grider is married and during the afternoon his brother and wife called at his home. The health officers placed them under quarantine before they could leave. An aged couple living in the rear of the house occupied by Grider are also under quarantine.
The health officers are greatly worried over this case because Grider has been walking about the city for several days while his body has been broken out with eruptions and many people have been exposed to the disease. Dr. Clark, secretary of the Board of Health, said last night he is afraid there will be more cases of the disease as a result of the great number of people who came in contact with Grider. The city is now feeding about fifty people who are under quarantine as a result of smallpox. Grider will be removed to the isolation hospital this morning and every precaution will be taken to prevent the disease from spreading.
Smallpox in Irvington.
Dr. M.J. Spencer, superintendent of the City Dispensary, was called yesterday to the home of E. Wright, on Sherman Drive, Irvington, where he found one child with smallpox and two more just coming down with it. Dr. Ridpath was advised and he will look into the case this morning. The family was directed not to go out and a quarantine will be established this morning. The quarantine is one which will have to be maintained by the county, it being outside of the city limits. There are five children and two adults in the family.
“Sunday Afternoon Callers,” The Indianapolis Journal (Indianapolis, Indiana), 16 April 1900, p. 3, col. 6-7; digital image, Chronicling America (http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/ : accessed 3 February 2015).
Another case of smallpox was reported to the Board of Health last night, the patient being Ed Kellermeyer, of 330 East Minnesota street. He lived with his brother, who is married. The house and inmates have been placed under quarantine. Kellermeyer’s case is said to be mild, but he is unable to tell where he was exposed to the disease. Dr. Clark says the health officers have been able to trace the other cases of smallpox in the city to the Bates-street case.
“Another Case of Smallpox,” The Indianapolis Journal (Indianapolis, Indiana), 15 April 1900, p. 6, col. 5; digital image, Chronicling America (http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/ : accessed 3 February 2015).
Two new cases of smallpox were reported to the Board of Health yesterday and there are several suspected cases of the disease which will be examined and diagnoses to-day. The first case reported yesterday was that of Arthur J. Neigher, No. 807 South New Jersey street. He has a wife and two children and the house has been quarantined. He refused to be removed to the contagious disease pavilion at the City Hospital. Neigher is a well driller and was exposed to the disease several days ago, when boring a well in the lot adjacent to a case of smallpox on Bates street. His case is well marked. Later in the day Dr. Buehler reported a suspected case, the victim being Fred Roth, No. 1220 South Senate avenue. Dr. C. E. Ferguson made a diagnosis of the case and found it to be smallpox. Several people living in the same house have been exposed to the disease and they have been quarantined. Roth is unable to tell where he contracted the contagion. Dr. Deitch also reported a suspected case on West Ohio street, the patient being a man named Hawkins. The case will be diagnosed to-day.
Dr. Clark, secretary of the city Board of Health, said last night that there was no occasion for alarm, as there are but few cases in the city. The Board of Health will meet this morning and Mayor Taggart will be present to hear the discussion for the improvement of the City Hospital. The smallpox question will also be taken up.
“New Cases of Smallpox,” The Indianapolis Journal (Indianapolis, Indiana), 12 April 1900, p. 8, col. 2; digital image, Chronicling America (http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/ : accessed 3 February 2015).