Osterhout, Paul, 1859-1944, Letter from Paul Osterhout, Acting Assistant Surgeon, U.S. Public Health and Marines-Hospital Service, at Bocas del Toro, Panama, to the Surgeon-General, U.S. Public Health and Marine-Hospital Service, Washington, D.C regarding the first Yellow Fever case in the Panamanian port (August 16, 1905)
U. S. PUBLIC HEALTH AND MARINE-HOSPITAL SERVICE,
OFFICE OF MEDICAL OFFICER IN COMMAND.
Bocas del Toro, Panama
August 16, 1905
U. S. Public Health & Marine-Hospital Service,
Washington, D. C.,
The patient Mr. W. B. Dunn, american, came here about
months ago from Phila., and employed as a machinist by the
United Fruit Co., Was taken sick Saturday night, Aug. 12, 1905,
called at my office Sunday about 9 a.m. for treatment. He
worked all day Saturday for I saw him at the machine shops
Saturday p.m. when they stopped work.
Mr. Dunn has had his rooms screened for some time, and I
told him to go home at once and be sure that his room was
kept closed and I would call and see him in the afternoon.
When he called in the a.m. temp. was 101 1-5, pulse 102; at
6 p.m. temp. 103, pulse 108; headache, backache and a general
soreness of the muscles.
I believe that the source of infection is traceable to
the appearance in this port of a small steamer which came
from Colon, I think, July 27, 1905. A fireman on this boat
was taken sick during the night of July 28th.; I was called to
see him at 9 p.m. the 29th. This vessel (“ORIENTA”) sailed
from here to Colon at noon July 30th., and I have learned that
the fireman had been taken off with yellow fever on her arrival
at that port but this official, I heard it about
Paul Osterhout Act'g Ass't Surg' P.H. & M-H. Service.