Typhoid Epidemic Is Now Spreading

March 15, 1917

Ellicott City Has a Number of New Cases — Water Supply the Cause

The residents of Ellicott City are much alarmed over the typhoid fever epidemic which seems to be spreading rapidly over the town despite the efforts of physicians and health officers to check it.

Twenty-two persons are confined to their beds suffering with the disease. Three more cases were reported Tuesday, one of which was taken to University Hospital, Baltimore, for treatment.

The cause of the spread of typhoid fever in the section of Ellicott City is said to be traced to the reservoir water, which has been used by the citizens for several years. Samples of the water were sent to Baltimore to be analyzed, and found to be polluted with typhoid germs. Now all the water used in the city is being boiled.

The cases reported on Tuesday were Oladya Keiger, 4 years old, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William P. Kieger; Robt. Edmondson, 2 years old, son of Mr. and Mrs. Cleveland Edmondson, and Russell Mullinix, 23 months old, son of Mr. and Mrs. Beall Mullinix. The Mullinix child was taken to University Hospital.

The twenty-two cases of typhoid have been reported within the last two or three weeks.

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