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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, July 13, 1915, NOON EDITION, Image 15

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BEWARE! TWO MOST DANGEROUS WEEKS IK
THE WHOLE YEAR ARE AT HAND
BY DEAN HALLIDAY
Vacation weeks the two most
dangerous weeks of the whole year!
For these are the weeks when
"summer typhoid" gets its start de
clare leading health authorities.
When germs of the dread disease,
bread in rural communities, are car
ried back to cities by happy tourists,
where they lay the foundation of epi
demics so dreaded by health officers
during the summer months.
Because thousands of people, or
dinarily careful of health duringthe
rest of, the year, are lax in health
and hygiene habits for two weeks in
the summertime, typhoid germs have
little trouble in claiming 35,000 lives
every year in the United States.
Because people, when they go to
the country for vacations, ask" the
hotel keeper: "Do y6u have dances
every m'ght?" instead" of i "Is the
drinking water pur?" typhoid germs
have no trouble in keeping 350,000 in
the United States in sick beds on an
average of six weeks apiece every
year.
Because of these things typhoid
causes the loss of $350,000,000 to the
United States every year.
For 50 weeks in the year the aver
age American citizen and -his family
live sane, normal, healthy lives. They
observe the ordinary rules of right
living and hygiene, give thought and
care to the food they eat and the wa
ter and mQk they drink.
But when they move to the country
for two weeks in the summer, or oft
times for a longer period, they give
little "thought to sanitary surround
ings and are content if it looks pic
turesquely inviting for the rest and
recreation they seek.'
Only too frequently the realiza
tion of this happy anticipation is a
j hasty return to the city, and a long
stay in the hospital, followed perhaps
by death FROM TYPHOID CON
TRACTED BECAUSE THEY WERE
CARELESS.
Every autumn there is a startling
rise in the number of typhoid cases
in the cities often reaching the pro
portions of terrible epidemics and
I when this is investigated it usually is
found that they are simply cases
which have been imported from the
country.
Persons leave the city in search of
rhealth and, as they are accustomed
to think that health may be ob-
COW STABLtS WAT
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But Tniimr
3RD DEATH.
tained and best maintained in the
country, they accept it without ques
tion as the place to get health.
Ordinarily the questions they ask
when seeking such a country place
are in regard to the character of the
food and beds, the social life, the tem
perature and the opportunities for
bathing.
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