Old school publique health

From the days of Yellow Fever (September 16, 1905):

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Stegomyia Fasciata – “My, what a horrible bill that monster has.” —Biggers in the Nashville Banner.

Background: Prior to antibiotics, mosquitoes would be suppressed by pouring oil onto stagnant water, which would suffocate the mosquitoe larvas that lived under water and would breathe through the surface tension.

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