This rule does not apply to Belize, which has adopted modern sanitary improvements where intending passengers shall remain for six days in detention camp under the supervision of the Resident Medical Inspector and if in good health shall not be detained.

5th.-Crews and passengers shall be kept on board at infected ports.

6th.—Only the Captain or another Officer of the vessel may go ashore to enter and clear his vessel, but only during daylight, and he shall return aboard immediately without having gone anywhere else, especially into houses.

7th.—Vessels shall be fumigated upon arriving at the Cuarantine Station.

3th. They shall not be detained if there is no suspicious case of sickness on board.

9th.—The holds of fruit vessels from infected ports shall be fumigated after the discharge of cargo at port of arrival.


ist --Should any vessel arrive with yellow fever on board, the officers and crew shall be removed to the shore. The holds and engine rooms shall be disinfected with Pyrethrum. The rest of the ship with sulphur. The ship shall be anchored in midstream. Its cargo shall then be unloaded on a barge by a crew sent from New Orleans. The barge, when loaded, shall be towed to New Orleans, the unloading crew shall be detained in quarantine six days.

The vessel shall be refumigated when unloaded, reship her original crew and proceed to sea.



(a) The Basic PRINCIPLES are that Fruit Vessels shall not be detained at the Quarantine Station upon condition that they avoid all cause of possible infection.

(b) The PRINCIPAL REGULATIONS are the following:

1. A Resident Medical Inspector shall be appointed for every fruit Port.

2. Vessels shall have no communication with the shore at infected Ports, except through the laborers and officials specifically mentioned.

3. Vessels shall not bring any household effects from Ports infected with Cholera, Bubonic Plague or Variola.

4. All Vessels shall carry Marine Medical Inspectors; those from infected Ports shall be disinfected at the Mississippi River Quarantine Station.

5. Passengers who have reported daily for not less than three (3) consecutive days prior to sailing from a non-infected fruit Port may be brought to Gulf Ports.

6. The detailed regulations define precisely the duties of each of the officers of the Board of Health and those of the Fruit Companies, thereby excluding all pleas of ignorance of the exact meanings of the Board.





Vessels engaged in the tropical fruit trade shall be detained by the Quarantine Physicians only long enough for a thorough inspection unless from an infected port.

2. Vessels from infected ports shall be subjected to disintection of living quarters at Quarantine without further detention, except for special reasons, and shall have sulphur burned in holds after unloading fruit at city wharf.

3. Crews of vessels to be changed as little as possible.

4. Vessels shall touch only at points in their regular schedule and shall have no communication (except by signals or megaphone) with other vessels during their voyage, except in case of distress.

5. At infected fruit ports only the Master or other officer may go ashore in daylight if absolutely necessary, to enter and clear the vessel, but shall not go into dwellings.

6. At an infected port vessels shall anchor well away from shore at night, i. e., one mile away in a harbor and in mid-stream if in a river.

7. Masters shall furnish the Resident and Marine Medical Inspectors with a list of all persons on board.

On arriving at Quarantine each Master shall make a full disclosure to the Quarantine Physicians regarding all ports visited on that voyage, vessels communicated with, if any, and cases of illness, however slight, that have occurred on board, provided the vessel does not carry a Marine Medical Inspector.

9. Fruit vessels shall be cleansed, when necessary, at the City of New Orleans after discharge of cargo.

10. A report to the Shipping Inspector, on blanks to be furnished by the Board, shall be forwarded to the Board on arrival at this port.

11. Masters must be thoroughly impressed with the fact that the violation of any regulation may be the cause of detention of the vessel at the Mississippi River Quarantine Station, thereby causing damage to or loss of cargo.

12. They shall also impress that fact on all the officers and crew. 13. Full quarantine restrictions will be imposed on all vessels whose officers attempt deception in regard to any case of sickness, or material capable of carrying infection, or disregard the rules and regulations of the Board of Health; and such detention will be imposed thereafter on every vessel which any officer who has previously attempted to practice deception is found in any official capacity.

14. Any injury to baggage or furnishings due to disinfection shall not be paid for by the Board.


FRUIT Ports.

15. The Commission of the Louisiana State Board of Health, signed by the President and Secretary, shall be issued to Dr... to serve as Resident Medical Inspector at....

16. His term of service will begin March 15th, and unless he is sooner recalled, will end October 31st.

17. His salary during that term of service will be fixed by the Board,

18. His salary shall be paid at the office of the State Board of Healtl..

19. Unless ordered by this office to remain at his post of duty beyond October 31st, his pay will cease on that date.

20. In the absence of such orders he is therefore authorized to return by whichever fruit steamer will enable him to reach New Orleans on or about November ist.

21. Free passage will be given both ways, but only by those steamers engaged in the fruit trade under special agreement with this Board and coming to this port.

22. He is removable at the pleasure of the President.

23. He shall discharge his duties according to regulations of the Board.

24. He shall procure from the Secretary a copy of the regulations governing fruit vessels.

25. He shall see that the regulations of the Board are carried out in spirit and in letter, these present regulations governing him as well as all the other regulations of the Board governing fruit vessels, whether the regulations concern him directly or not, as far as lies in his power.

26. He shall wear on his hat, or lapel of his coat, a gold plated badge bearing the words: “Louisiana State Board of Health, Medical Inspector."

27. Before leaving New Orleans he shall visit the vessel and see if the articles which he will need at the fruit port have been provided by the vessel's agent.

28. He shall at once inform the Secretary of the articles needed


that are missing and request the Secretary to immediately make a requisition for such to the vessel's agent. 29. Articles needed at the Fruit Port.

Six “Dutch Ovens”; i. e., iron pots with three legs. 31. Roll sulphur, twenty pounds. 32. Wood alcohol, two pints. 33.

At the Fruit Port. 34. He shall procure through the company's agent at the fruit port a suitable place to be used as an office.

35. He shall observe carefully the health status of the locality, and, as far as possible, of the adjacent country and neighboring seaports, and shall report thereon by every steamer coming to New Orleans. He shall also send a monthly report to the President.

36. In case of any doubt as to the diagnosis of a suspicious case of fever, he shall rather err on the side of safety, and give this Board the benefit of the doubt.

37. In case of doubt, as to the interpretation of the said Regulations, he shall apply to the President for instructions.

38. In all his dealings with the local authorities of the country he shall exercise the greatest possible tact, combined, of course, with due firmness. When compelled to differ with resident health officials, he must avoid giving offense by want of deference to their positions or opinions.

39. Those allowed to go aboard vessels at infected Fruit Ports shall be, laborers, one agent of the Fruit Company, local Customs and Health Officers, and if necessary, a Consul or Consular Agent. 40.

Medical Officers of the U. S. Public Health and Marine Hospital Service are recognized as having the same privileges as Medical Officers of the Louisiana State Board of Health.

41. The Master or other Officer may go ashore at infected Fruit Ports, in daylight, if absolutely necessary, to enter and clear the vessel, but shall not go into dwellings. 12.

Laborers from the shore shall only go to those parts of the vessel where their work is to be done, and shall be kept separate from the crew, as far as practicable.

43. No vessel shall lie at any wharf at night at an infected Port.

44. Vessels shall anchor well away from the shore at night; i. e., one mile away in the harbor, and in midstream, if in a river.

45. Vessels may receive at Fruit Ports any ordinary freight, but may not bring household effects from a locality infected with bubonic plague, cholera or variola.

46. Passengers shall be taken at ports free of yellow fever upon condition that they are residents of the port, or have reported (morning and evening) to the Resident Medical Inspector of the Louisiana State Board of Health, daily, for three consecutive days before embarking.

47. Each passenger must receive from the Resident Medical Inspector a permit to be admitted on board, such permit to be based on the fact that the required conditions have been complied with.

48. After going on board passengers must not leave the vessel.

49. The Resident Inspector shall not allow any bedding or household effects to be put on board vessels at Fruit Ports infected with cholera, bubonic plague or variola.

50. He shall report any volation of the regulations of this Board by the masters, crews or passengers of fruit vessels, the Marine Medical Inspector and by himself and the reason therefor.

51. All reports must be forwarded in duplicate, in sealed envelupes, one copy addressed to the Resident Physician, Mississippi River Quarantine Station, and one to be delivered at the office of the State Board of Health by messenger from the vessel as soon as possible after her arrival in the city.

52. He shall return the copy of the Sanitary Code in good order to the Secretary

53. No person presenting symptoms of any quarantinable disease shall be allowed to proceed on the vessel.

54. Resident Medical Inspectors at Fruit Ports are Ranking Officers over Marine Medical Inspectors, and the latter shall, in cases of emergency, be guided by the instructions of the Resident Medical Inspector, who shall report at once and in full to the Board. 55. Round trip passengers from the United States

may permitted to land at healthy Fruit Ports and return on board same vessel, provided they do not go beyond the limits of the Port, and report daily (morning and evening), to the Resident Medical Inspector.




56. Every vessel from Fruit Ports must carry a Marine Me ica Inspector during Quarantine season, who shall never leave the vessel on any pretext whatever during the voyage.

57. He shall be selected and appointed by the Board.

58. His salary shall be fixed by the Board not to exceed a total of $100 per month.

59. It shall be paid by the vessel at the office of the State Board of Health.

60. He shall be boarded and lodged by the vessel as a first-class passenger.

61. He shall be removable at the pleasure of the President.

62. The Board disclaims all responsibility for any medical treatment of officers, crew or passengers instituted by the Marine Medical Inspector.

63. Any member of crew or passengers accepting his medical services do so on their own responsibility.

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