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 [Digital Version]

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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)

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Title: 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 [Digital Version]
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Author: Osterhout, Paul, 1859-1944
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Description: 2 page letter from Osterhout to the Surgeon General describing the medical case of W.B. Dunn, an employee of the United Fruit Company.
Source(s): 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)
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  • Yellow fever--Panama
  • Bocas del Toro Channel (Panama)
  • Panama Canal--History
  • Dunn, W. B.
  • United Fruit Company
  • Orienta (Steamer)
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  • Philadelphia (inhabited place)
  • Colon (inhabited place)



Surgeon-General,
U. S. Public Health & Marine-Hospital Service,
Washington, D. C.
,

Sir:

I have the honor to make the following report of the case
of yellow fever reported by cable Aug. 16 15, 1905.

The patient Mr. W. B. Dunn, american, came here about seven
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.

Monday, Aug. 14, 1905, I asked Dr. Jumel to see the case and
he agreed with me that it was decidedly suspicious. I made
examinations of the urine but no albumen appeared until the



morning of the 15th..

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 insnotRegularized:is not official, I heard it about
Aug. 3rd.

On the termination of the case I will forward a chart of
the case to the Bureau.

As the case is in my private practice I have the house
thoroughly screened.

This is the first case that has appeared in this port.

Respectfully,
Paul Osterhout Act'g Ass't Surg' P.H. & M-H. Service.




Rice University
Date: 2010-06-07
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