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To the Editors of the Crimson:
Inasmuch as there have been several cases of measles in college, it seems important to re-emphasize the need for personal care to prevent the spread of the disease. Two of the cases have been traced to visits to a popular preparatory school in which there have been a number of cases. A third individual caught the disease from one of the others in a game of cards when that other was feeling slightly ill and was being thus cheered up.
Though measles is not usually a dangerous malady, it does interfere seriously with the time of a student and no one should lightly assume the responsibility of laying up another by exposing him to the disease.
The early symptoms of measles are mainly those of a head cold, nose stopped up, eyes inflamed, and, perhaps, more or less fever, nausea, headache, malaise, chills, etc. The rash comes out a day or more later. Each person with these symptoms should isolate himself in his room and send word to University 5 or to me at the Physiol. Laboratory, L. S. S., or at 11 Claverly (according to time of day).
It is of especial importance to be careful about eating with unwashed hands and to avoid contact with suspicious cases.
If these precautions are fully carried out we may hope to limit materially the spread of the disease.
G. W. FITZ.