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me by law, I, Newton C. Blanchard, Governor of Louisiana, do hereby issue this, my proclamation, to take effect on and after the fifteenth day of March, 1906 (all vessels arriving at the mouth of the Mississippi River after six o'clock p. m., March 14, 1906, to be included):
That all vessels arriving at the several quarantine stations of Louisiana, together with their cargoes, crews, passengers and baggage, shall be subjected to inspection and sanitation according to the following schedule:
First Class—Vessels which are not included in the following classes shall be subjected to necessary maritime sanitation without detention of either vessel or persons longer than may be necessary to place such vessel in good sanitary condition.
Second Class—Vessels arriving from Suspected Ports (Intertropical American and West Indian and Brazilian ports) and Buenos Ayres, which, in the absence of satisfactory information to the contrary, are considered suspicious, and other ports which may be decided suspicious by the Board of Health, shall be subjected to full sanitation at the Mississippi River Quarantine Station together with detention of the vessel and persons for such length of time as the Board of Health may determine.
Third Class—Vessels arriving from Ports known to be infected shall be subjected to full sanitation at the Mississippi River Quarantine Station, and shall be detained for observation together with their crews, cargoes and passengers, for such length of time after completion of disinfection as the Board of Health may determine.
Fourth Class-Vessels, which without regard to Ports of Departure are infected, that is to say, vessels which have yellow fever, cholera or other contagious or infectious diseases on board at the time of arrival, or have had same on voyage, shall proceed at once to the Lazaretto to land their sick, and they shall proceed to the Misissippi River Quarantine Station, there to undergo thorough disinfection and be detained, together with passengers, crews and cargoes, for such length of time as the Board of Health may determine.
Vessels arriving from ports known or suspected to be infected with cholera, or bubonic plague, shall be subjected to maritime sanitation and such detention as the Board of Health may determine.
Vessels arriving from ports and places belonging to the second, third and fourth classes, as set forth in the above schedules, shall not be allowed to pass the Rigolets, Lake Borgne Canal, or Atchafalaya Quarantine Stations, or other Quarantine Stations which may hereafter be established, without having undergone proper maritime sanitation at the Mississippi River Quarantine Station.
This does not apply to Calcasieu Stations, the regulations of which shall be the same as those governing vessels arriving at the Mississippi River Quarantine Station.
Vessels engaged in the Tropical Fruit Trade, whose sanitary condition and health record are satisfactory, may be allowed to pass the
Mississippi River Quarantine Station after inspection under such regulations and sanitary treatment as the Board of Health may prescribe.
Quarantine Officers at the several stations of this State are especially charged and required to strictly enforce the articles of this proclamation.
The State Board of Health is requested to prosecute vigorously all violators of the same, as well as of the Quarantine Laws and Regulations of this State.
Given under my hand and the Great Seal of the State of Louisiana at the Capitol in the City of Baton Rouge, on this the Twenty-sixth day of February, A. D. 1906. (Seal.)
NEWTON C. BLANCHARD, By the Governor:
Governor of Louisiana. JOHN T. Michel, Secretary of State..
RESOLUTION ADOPTED APRIL 24, 1895, AND STILL IN FORCE.
Hereafter full quarantine restrictions will be imposed on all vessels whose officers wilfully attempt deception in regard to any case of sickness, or material capable of carrying infection, or wilfully disregard the rules and regulations of the Board of Health; and such detention will be imposed thereafter on every vessel on which any officer who has previously attempted to practice deception is found in any official capacity.
SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS TO OWNERS, AGENTS, MASTERS OF VESSELS
The Louisiana State Board of Health recommends the following suggestions to agents, owners, masters of vessels and passengers, for the purpose of facilitating the work of quarantine officers and reducing the period of detention to a minimum.
1. That vessels should be stripped during the quarantine seasons of all woolen hangings, carpets, curtains, and such like materials, and upholstered furniture as far as practicable. Hair or moss mattresses to be replaced by wire or wicker beds.
2. That, as far as possible, vessels trading with tropical ports should be manned with acclimated crews.
3. Drinking water for use on vessels should not be taken from rivers or streams in Inter-Tropical countries.
All receptacles and containers of water shall be screened with 18x18 wire mesh. 4.
Masters of vessels, ship and consular agents, are earnestly requested to instruct passengers from quarantineable ports to dispense, as far as possible, with baggage which may be injured by sulphur fumigation. Such risk of injury must be assumed by the owners of baggage
While in ports infected with yellow fever, vessels should be anchored out in the harbor, when this is possible, and the crew prohibited from going ashore, especially at night. All on board should sleep under mosquito bars and after leaving the infected port all mosquitoes on board should be destroyed. This can be done by burning sulphur for a few hours in each saloon, stateroom, forecastle or other closed places (not the holds, if the ship has cargo.)
6. When practicable, cargoes should be loaded in such a manner as to allow access to the pumps, and also to enable the quarantine officers to pump out and wash the bilge.
7. For the purpose of avoiding delay and expense at quarantine, owing to the necessity of shifting cargo for the object of disinfection, it is recommended that there be constructed in all vessels from quarantined ports, an open framework shaft, fifteen inches in diameter, from the center of each hatch, through which the fumigating pipe may be introduced down to the dunnage of the vessel.
8. Special attention should be given to cleanliness of vessels and persons, and provision should be made for all possible ventilation of the entire vessel. Instruction for using disinfectants can be obtained by application to the Board of Health or Quarantine Officers.
9. Masters should, before arrival, see that the bilge is thoroughly pumped out and cleansed, and that the entire vessel be put in such good sanitary condition as to permit of the least possible detention. Fruit vessels, particularly, should be kept thoroughly cleansed for the purpose of avoiding delay at the Quarantine Station.
IO. We especially urge that all vessels shall have a room screened (with 18x18 wire mesh) for the reception and isolation of all fever patients, and that all fever patients be placed in that room.
II. Vessels observing the above recommendations will receive special consideration at the Quarantine Station, detention for the purpose of cleansing, disinfecting, etc., being materially lessened thereby.
C. H. IRION, M. D.,
President. W. S. INGRAM,
MARITIME QUARANTINE REGULATIONS FOR THE SEASON OF 1906.
ADOPTED BY THE LOUISIANA STATE BOARD OF HEALTH,
Resolved: That the following Maritime Quarantine Regulations for Louisiana be and remain in force from March 15th until Uniform Maritime Quarantine Regulations are enacted:
PRINCIPAL YELLOW FEVER REGULATIONS GOVERNING VESSELS
FROM TROPICAL PORTS.
Vessels from the following tropical ports shall be admitted without any disinfection or detention:
ist —All ports of Porto Rico, provided no yellow fever develops at these ports during the Quarantine Season.
2nd.--Vessels engaged in traffic between Gulf Ports and Cuban and other infected ports shall be disinfected at port of departure by the U. S. P. H. & M. H. Service and detained a sufficient time at the Mississippi River Quarantine Station to make six full days from date of fumigation. They shall also be disinfected again upon their arrival at the Mississippi River Quarantine Station. If they have not been disinfected at point of departure, they shall be detained the full six days at the Mississippi River Quarantine Station and disinfected at the time of their arrival.
3rd.-Vessels from all tropical ports from which yellow fever has not been reported for the last two years which have not touched at any infected port shall be disinfected, but not detained.
4th.—Vessels which have touched for coal or orders at tropical Islands, if they have not been six days in transit, they shall be fumigated and detained at Quarantine sufficient time to make full six days from date of departure.
5th.– Vessels infected shall be disinfected and detained not less than six days after the removal of the last case of yellow fever.
6th. The foregoing regulations do not apply to fruit vessels, which operate under special regulations.
PrincipAL REGULATIONS GOVERNING NON-INFECTED Vessels
FROM PORTS INFECTED WITH YELLOW FEVER TO AVOID
Ist.–At the infected ports the vessels shall be entirely under the supervision and jurisdiction of a Medical Officer accepted by the Louisiana State Board of Health,
2nd. Just prior to leaving the port of departure the vessel shall be fumigated. The vessel shall be fumigated on arrival at the Quarantine Station.
3rd.— The vessel shall not be detained upon arrival at the Quarantine Station if they have not been less than six days, nor more than ten days in transit from the last port of departure.
4th. If they have been less than six days in transit they shall be detained long enough to make six days from the hour of the fumigation at the port of departure..
5th.—If they have been more than ten days in transit they shall be fumigated at Quarantine, and detained six days thereafter. (If the vessel should have been in transit for a considerable number of days, it is obvious that a case of yellow fever may have occurred and recovered, leaving the vessel infected and not affording any opportunity to the Quaratine Officer to determine same.)
6th.—The Medical Officer shall give the Captain a certificate stating that all the foregoing regulations have been complied with.
7th.—The Captain or Agent shall furnish all the labor and materials deemed necessary by the Medical Officer.
8th.—AM expenses connected with the work, directly or indirectly, shall be paid by the owners of the vessels, or the Agents.
9th.—The Captain or Agents of the vessel shall submit to these regulations or the vessels shall be detained at the Quarantine Station.
ioth.—Pyrethrum shall be burned in the engine rooms of vessels. When the engine room shall be closed. On the rest of the ship use two per cent. of sulphur for two hours. Use two pounds for each one thousand cubic feet. Close compartments tightly.
11th.– Vessels disinfected at the port of departure, but arriving at the Quarantine Station with yellow fever on board, shall be disinfected and detained not less than six days.
PRINCIPAL REGULATIONS GOVERNING NON-INFECTED FRUIT VES
SELS FROM NON-INFECTED FRUIT PORTS.
ist.—A Resident Medical Inspector appointed by the State Board of Health shall be stationed at all fruit ports.
2nd. Vessels shall be subjected to no restrictions except inspection at the Quarantine Station.
3rd.—The fruit ports considered non-ingfected at present are Ceiba, Bluefields and Port Limoni.
4th.—No passengers shall be allowed to embark at any fruit port for Gulf Ports unless said passengers have been three days in such ports.
5th.—Prospective passengers shall report to the local Medical Inspector of this Board three full days before the day of departure, and each successive day until vessel sails.
6th.-Vessels will be required to carry Marine Medical Inspectors.
PRINCIPAL REGULATIONS GOVERNING NON-INFECTED VESSELS
FROM INFECTED PORTS.
Ist.—They shall carry a Marine Medical Inspector.
2nd. --The vessel shall be fumigated with sulphur at the port of departure just prior to leaving, except the holds if containing fruit.
3rd.—No vessel shall lie at the wharf at any infected fruit port longer than necessary to unload and load.
No vessel shall be allowed to anchor closer than one mile from the wharf between the hours of sunset and sunrise.
4th.-Fruit Vessels from infected ports shall carry no passengers.