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A suspected case of influenza was discovered yesterday in the small coastal steamer Putiki, which arrived •in port early in the afternoon from Timaru.' The suspect is a seaman named Chas. Anderson, who fell ill at Timaru on Sunday last, and developed symptoms which appeared similar to those of influenza in its epidemic form. The man was examined yesterday by Dr. Upham, Port Health Officer, who found that his temperature was normal. The vessel was isolated pending examination by Dr. Chesson, who arrives from "Wellington this morning. The other members of the vessel's, crew have in the meantime been> isolated on their ship. The work of discharging the Putiki*s cargo was commenced in the forenoon, but acting on the advice of Dr. TJpharn, the vessel's agents, Messrs F. E. Sutton and Co., directed the watersiders to cease work at midday, and orders were issued that no one should board or leave the steamer. The doctor was unable to make any definite statement regarding the exact nature of the man's sickness. An inhalation chamber was' placed on board the ship, and the crew passed through it. The. patient was ordered ashore by Dr. Upham, and arrangements were made for his removal, but it is understood that he refused to go, so the vessel was taken out to an anchorage off Diamosid Harbour at 8.30 p.m. , In connection with the suspected case of influenza on the Putiki at Lyttelton, the patient has been removed to the hospital. The forecastle of the vessel is to be fumigated and the crew subjected to inhalation.. If the vessel completes discharging, she is expected to leave for Wellington tonight. Pending an examination by the hospital pathologist,, it is uncertain if the patient is suffering from influenza, but the case presents no symptoms of influenza in pneumonic forms.

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SUSPECTED CASE AT PORT., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9582, 9 April 1919

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SUSPECTED CASE AT PORT. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9582, 9 April 1919