Posted 27 March 2012 - 10:09 AM
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The first cases of plague occurred among our Indian troops towards the end of April, 1917, at a post on the east bank of the Suez Canal some miles from its southern extremity. Within a few days of the first appearance of the disease, similar outbreaks were reported from four or five other stations in the length of the Canal, and all on its eastern or Desert side. But all our Medical forces were ready mobilised against it, and it was never given a chance to develop into anything like a general epidemic. Like the Irishman on the outskirts of the street mêlée, wherever we saw a head we struck at it. As each centre of infection became known, all troops were promptly withdrawn and sequestered in isolation camps, the sick men removed to plague hospitals, the "contacts" to rigorous quarantine, and the Post with everything it contained which was burnable was reduced to ashes. From first to last, there were some eighty-five cases of plague, all among the Indian troops and members of the Egyptian Labour Corps. But by May 24, just a month from its first appearance, the whole of the affected zone had been cleared of the disease. Thereafter it was confined to the usual rare, detached instances at this time of year among civilians at Suez and Port Said.