The Ashburton Guardian. Magna et Veritas et Prævalebit TUESDAY, APRIL 8, 1890 THE INFLUENZA.
It was almost amusing to read the cablegram from " the other side " which chronicled the arrival in Australia of what our transmarine friends were pleased to denominate the " New Zealand influenza," inasmuch as thongh it may be that the unwalcome visitor reached them via New Zealand, it is at least quite as likely that it did not, but was a direct importation from Home or from America, to ono t or other or both of which we ourselves are indebted for the introduction of the epidemic which seems to have swept all Europe, as well as the western world. Having its origin in Russia, where such epidemics are by no means infrequent, it haß numbered its victims in all European countries, and in America, by hundreds of thousands, perhaps millions, and largely swelled the bills of mortality. Owing probably to our more genial and drier climate we have, as yet, heard of' no deaths in New Zealand from this cause, though there have been thousands of cases of the disease, or rather ail ment—for it is perhaps scarcely to be classed as a disease. The symptoms vary very widely, some patients being first attacked by sneezing fits, and in others the bronchial tubes or the muscular system being affected, while in all there is more or lesß of fever, the temperature of the system being in some cases exceedingly high, and delirium, the frequent attendant of violent fever, being sometimes one of the concomitant symptoms, or resultant efects. Hot baths, and the use of febrifuges, with care against taking cold appear to be the proper treatment of the disorder, an<i given proper attention there does not seem to be much, if any, risk of life, though those who are in for an attsck must make up their minds to endure a good deal of inconvenience and physical discomfort for a few uayc, follutved perhaps by weakness for some time after convalescence. There is, therefore, no cause for alarm about the matter, though it is quite likely that most people will hava t) go through an experience of "La Grippe." It is almost certain to be carried to every town in the colony, owing to the fact that a large proportion of the inhabitants of every town has been focussed in Duncdin, where the malady first appeared, and have returned to their homes carrying the infection with then. It may no', be generally known that domestic animals are likely to suffer equally with human beings. In London, for .example, #c learn that of 1000 horses 4 employed by Pickford and Co, the great carrying firm, 800 wero down at one time with tho influenza, whilo even the, " harmless necessary cat" has also not infrequently been known to be a v dim, Nay, wo learned the other day from a medical man that a brother medico in London, writing to him on the subject, mentioned an instance where a cageful of pot dormice had died from the pievailing epidemic, In this colony even we hear of th<» disease afivcting hrrses, the " North Otago limes " mentioning the existence of a number of well defined cases, while we ourselves know of a case in lirh'ich a doctor ban fur more than a week beeu obliged to make his calls on foot, both Ins carriage horsrs being sick with influenza, Undei those circumstances it will be well for horse owners to Ufc« precautionary measures, if such be possible, and at least tp isolate affected animals.