Smallpox brought by the Meifoo, 1881.

Smallpox in Honolulu nei.

O Hawaiian Nation, the steamship “Meifoo” from China, entered into Honolulu Harbor, and within its passengers, there are six Chinese who are suffering from that frightful annihilating disease of 1853–4, that illness that took ten-thousand of our beloved people. There are two of them with the disease that are very bad, and four will perhaps live.

We understand the the Board of Health has decided to quarantine the sick at the hospital at Kahakaaulana, and for those that are not sick, to quarantine them at Kakaako, while detaining the agents of the ship to pay all expenses should the disease spread here after.

We call out to our beloved nation, let us watch out for ourselves, and let us not associate much with these foreigners, for the time for concern has come upon our nation, because this disease was brought here and it is at our own door. Should we be saved, it is only through the love of the Almighty.

Do recall, O Leaders of our Nation, as well as the members of the Board of Health, that the cabinet of Gerrit P. Judd [Kauka] was ended because of this, and we fear that maybe there will be one that follows the first one in the very near future. Only time will tell.

As we were returning to print the paper for today, it was heard that Smallpox appeared in the body of a haole boy of this town. Here is a query, a question: what of this?

(Ko Hawaii Pae Aina, 2/5/1881, p. 2)

Ka Mai Puupuu Samola Poki ma Honolulu nei.

Ko Hawaii Pae Aina, Buke IV, Helu 6, Aoao 2. Feberuari 5, 1881.

1 thought on “Smallpox brought by the Meifoo, 1881.

  1. Not at all implying that the Meifoo was the cause of the epidemic, because if you look at the article from Ko Hawaii Pae Aina, 2/19/1881, p. 2. http://wp.me/p1Wb7O-8E
    If smallpox (according to the CDC) has an incubation period from 7 to 17 days where there are no symptoms, and the Meifoo came in on 2/2/1881, how can there be so many cases by 2/5/1881?

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