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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, February 21, 1917, LAST EDITION, Image 12

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The plague of diphtheria which
settled over Chicago last month, cast
the shadow of death on many homes
and filled others with mental an
guish until a dear one smiled in
health again, has been broken.
The city health department arose
to the situation, mastered it, and,
having forced out the bug that bores
in your throat, is now out to slaugh
ter its busy little brother that deliv
ers scarlet fever into your home.
But, though diphtheria is on the
wane, it has not been entirely wiped
out and a goodly number of new
cases are still reported each day.
Parents, says Health Com'r John Dill
Robertson, should be just as cautious
in the care of their children, just as
suspicious of any throat infection as
when the disease was more preva
lent. "Vifew every sore throat with sus
picion," said Dr. Robertson. "Diph
theria starts as a sore throat, but the
soreness is not as painful as in cases
of tonsilitis or other throat infec
tions. "If you or any of yours has a sore
throat, DON'T DELAY! Print that
"DON'T DELAY" in great, big capi
tals, will you please? It's delay that
permits contagions to kill.
"If administered within 24 hours
after the throat infection starts, an
titoxin will cure any diphetheria case
at once and absolutely. Antitoxin
can be used successfully up until the
third day, but after that it is gener
ally useless.
"You see the necessity for a quick
and certain diagnosis of a sore
throat. Mothers should look into the
throats.of the children every morn
ing. If they notice a patch on the
throat, send for the doctor at once
and make the doctor swab the throat
for a laboratory test for germs. Add
to the watchword "DON'T DELAY"
this- "Make the doctor take a throat
culture." No physician is good I
T enough to tell diphtheria in its early
stages every time he looks down an
infected throat.
"Antitoxin is furnished free by the
city health department. Your doc
tor knows this. He can get it or you
can get it from us without a penny
of charge. Those who can afford to
pay for antitoxin can also get it at
any drugstore.
'If we received proper co-operation
from the families where there are
cases we could practically wipe diph
theria and scarlet fever off Chicago's
slate. When they break minor rules
of quarantine when nobody is look
ing, they may spread the disease to
some innocent one."
There were 68 deaths from scarlet
fever in January, as against 77 in
1915, the first year of Dr. Robertson's
term as health commissioner, and
more than half as many as in the
year 1916. But in 1914 there were
over 600 deaths from scarlet fever,
and the average for the years 1912
and 1913 were nearly as great.
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Mrs. Rachelle S. Yarros told the
Chicago Equal Suffrage ass'n last
night that the Illinois legislature
needs a few women members very
badly. They are needed mostly to
formulate laws concerning sex mat
ter, believes Dr. Yarros. Mrs. Jas.
W. Morrison and Dr. Yarros both
spoke in defense of the unwed moth-
er and 'said we needed better laws to '
protect heV.
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Aid. E. J. Werner, running for Re
publican nomination in 3rd ward,
says the Thompson-Lundin ma
chine is fighting him through the
candidacy of Frederick W. Patter
son because he refused to go along
with Bill Thompson and act accord
ing to orders in the city council.
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Amelia Cesarz, 12, 648 Bickerdike,
ran away lor second time this week.

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