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Mail Tribune 100, April 30, 1918

April 30, 1918

URGE VIGILANCE IN MAINTAINING PUBLIC HEALTH

The government is getting into action along health lines as it has never done before. It is urging upon the people that they be especially vigilant and careful in the matter of contagious diseases. It may well be said that the fullest co-operation of every citizen in the proper observance of the prescribed quarantine is a patriotic duty and a very real service to the country in this time of war.

The measles now prevalent in Medford seems to be in nearly all instances in a light form — the so called “German measles.” The law requires that a quarantine period of one week from the date of eruption be observed. The incubation period is two weeks and other children of families where there is a case of measles should be kept out of school for this length of time if they have not already had this form of disease. This is important as the most contagious period of the disease is the few days immediately preceding the appearance of the rash.

Quarantine does not mean simply exclusion from school, but it means exclusion from all public places and public gatherings of any sort, large or small. The children under quarantine should not leave the home premises nor should any visitors be admitted to the home. This isolation should be rigidly observed and no one from outside allowed to come into the proximity of the quarantined children.

No matter how light the attack may be nor how brief the period of eruption may have been the quarantine should not be relaxed. That the eruption disappears and the child seems and looks well does not indicate that he may be allowed on the streets with others, nor off his own premises for any purpose before the expiration of the required quarantine period.

In communities where the quarantine regulations are faithfully practiced by all, measles or any other contagious disease does not have a chance to spread. Every family guilty of laxity or carelessness or deliberate indifference in the matter is disloyal to the government is hampering it in its efforts to promote public health.

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