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Dr. Yersin’s house listed as national relic site

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – The workplace of Dr. Alexandre Yersin in the central coastal province of Khanh Hoa has been included on the National Historical Relic Site.

The working house of the Swiss-French physician was constructed on Hon Ba Mountain in 1914, also known as the experiment station.

It is a two-story wooden house with its foundation and water tank undamaged. Yersin spent all his award money from the France Academy of Sciences on this house.

The Khanh Hoa Provincial People’s Committee formerly renovated this wooden house on its old foundation, retaining the same structure as the previous house.

In 1990, the local authorities approved a complex of three historical relic sites, the library at Pasteur Institute Nha Trang, Yersin’s tomb buried with his will at Suoi Dau plantation and the Linh Son Pagoda in Suoi Cat commune, near Yersin’s grave area.

Yersin found the diphtheria toxin in 1888, created a serum to cure the plague after discovering its germ in 1894 and founded the Pasteur Institute in Nha Trang in 1895.

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