General Report on the Yellow Fever Campaign in Colombia, May, 1923, to December 31, 1924

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Introduction

For several years it was believed that yellow fever did not exist in Colombia, and it was hoped that it would not be necessary to include this portion of South America in the general campaign being waged for the elimination of this disease from the world. Naturally, when in March, 1923, an illness resembling yellow fever appeared in Bucaramanga, there was general disappointment, but not discouragement.

The Colombian Government considered it advisable to obtain the opinion of experts as to the true nature of the epidemic, and invited the International Health Board of the Rockefeller Foundation to send representatives to the country. In response to the invitation a commission was appointed consisting of Dr. J. H. White, assistant surgeon general of the United States Public Health Service, Dr. Oliver Pothier, bacteriologist from New Orleans, Louisiana, and Dr. Wenceslaus Pareja, director of health for the Republic of Ecuador.

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