A hundred years ago March 21, 1919. Archives

From the Archives (March 21, 1919): Influenza in Bengal.

The Sanitary Commissioner of Bengal has written as follows to the Secretary, Bengal Chamber of Commerce, regarding to outbreak of influenza in Bengal: I have the honour to bring to your notice that there is a possibility of a further recrudescence of the disease. This being so I would suggest that on the first sign of the disease reappearing, precautionary measures should be adopted. In this connection I may mention that Sitaram Coal Company, who used oil of Cinnamon in two drop doses three times a day amongst their staff of 282 men during the last epidemic, obtained very satisfactory results, as not a single case of disease occurred among those using the remedy. It may be further pointed out that as influenza is exceedingly contagious, inasmuch as those being brought into near contact with the sputum, nasal discharges or even the breath of those sick of disease, are very liable to contract infection, people should be instructed to segregate patients as far as possible from other members of the family and attendants on patients should wear pads or marks of cotton-wool and gauze tissue covering mouth and nose in order to protect themselves from infection.

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