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AUCKLAND, April 3. In connection with the quarantining of the R.M.S. Niagara, it is now definitely stated that several cases of sickness developed among the passengers and crew oii the trip across the Tasman Sea. As a matter of fact one case of iniiuenza showed itself on the first night out from Sydney, and when Dr.; Sharman, port health officer for Auckland, boarded the ship yesterday as she- lay in the stream, the vessel's sick bay held eleven patients, while others showed suspicious symptoms.

. Accordingly the steamer was promptly ordered down \o the quarantine ground off Motuihi Island, and she arrived there shortly after five o'clock in the evening. Meanwhile, Major Pettit, medical officer in charge at Motuihi,

was informed of the position, and instructed'to prepare for the landing of patients from the mail steamer.

An early examination of the patients and contacts by the port health authorities revealed that the Niagara had fifteen influenza patients, while, five .suspicious., cases were .also diagnosed as

likely to develop the disease. Of the definite cases, three;were saloon passengers, six second-class passengers, and the remaining six members of the crevy, and of these fifteen three: cases were considered to be of a somewhat serious nature, while., one of'the' patients might be classed as being in a darigerous''Qondition. Fifteen patients were'landed at Motuihi Island this morning,, and put into the hospital quarters prepared for them and in addition four-contacts were put ashore from the steamer.

The health authorities 1; while of the opinion that there is nothing alarming

in the outbreak on the Niagara, as at present it appears to be mainly of a mild type of complaint, are taking every precaution, both for the patients and passengers on the steamer, and to prevent any chance of the infection being spread to Auckland.

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OUTBREAK ON NIAGARA., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9578, 4 April 1919

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OUTBREAK ON NIAGARA. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9578, 4 April 1919

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