The New York Times/1918/07/03/Fumigate for Influenza

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Fumigate for Influenza

Published Wednesday, July 3, 1918


All on Spanish Ship Treated to Keep Out War Disease.

AN ATLANTIC PORT, July 2.—Passengers arriving today from Spain were fumigated before the health officers would allow them to land. In addition their clothing was passed through a steamer lest the passengers bring ashore germs or the influenza which has been prevalent in Spain for five months.

Passengers in the first cabin said it was supposed in Spain that the germs of influenza had been brought by the strong Winter winds from the battlefields of France and that they would have been more deadly if they had not encountered the snow-clad Pyrennes.

Mrs. Andrea De Onís of Salamanca said the disease had spread over Spain and brought business to a standstill in many cities.

George Colay, a French merchant living in Barcelona, said that only a small minority of the people in Spain were in favor of the Germans in the war. "Spain wants to be neutral," he declared, "and become rich by manufacturing munitions for the Allies. Spanish business men are satisfied that the United States did not enter the war as an aggressor, and had only the loftiest aims."

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