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American Visitor from Israel Isolated As Possible Carrier of Smallpox

August 5, 1963
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A 69-year-old American woman, who has been residing in Israel, was confined this weekend to the U. S. Public Health Service Hospital in Staten Island here, as a possible smallpox carrier.

Mrs. Ellen Siegel, who arrived here July 25 from Israel with her husband, Louis, to visit their children and friends in America, was ordered quarantined by Judge John F. Dooling, Jr., in Brooklyn Federal Court. Public health officers transferred Mrs. Siegel directly to the quarantine facility immediately on her arrival here, because she had no certification that her May 31 vaccination had been effective, and because she had a history of unsuccessful vaccinations. They were also concerned with her having made a four-day stopover in Stockholm, which suffered a recent outbreak of 25 smallpox cases, four of which were fatal. Mr. Siegel, who was found to have been properly immunized, is staying with his wife during her isolation.

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