Old Time Epidemics




Subject: Re: Summer of 1838 Epidemic?Resent-Date: Fri, 13 Nov 1998 08:32:12 -0800 (PST)
Resent-From: PAFAYETT-L@rootsweb.com
Date: Fri, 13 Nov 1998 10:49:20 -0500
From: Bill Reace 
To: PAFAYETT-L@rootsweb.com
I saw the following note on Epidemics in another Mailing list. It doesn'tanswer your question, but 
note that Typhus was strong in Philly in 1837, soit is probably 
reasonable to suppose that it could 
affect western PA alittle later. Bill Reace
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I ran across the following article from Sept-Oct, 1997 Newsletter -Genealogical Society of Santa Cruz County may be of interest: Many cases of people disappearing from records can be traced to dyingduring an epidemic or moving away from an infected area. Some of the major epidemics in the United States are listed below: 1657 Boston Measles 1687 Boston Measles 1690 New York Yellow Fever 1713 Boston Measles 1729 Boston Measles 1732-33 Worldwide Influenza 1738 South Carolina Smallpox 1739-40 Boston Measles 1747 CT, NY, PA, SC Measles 1759 North America areas inhabited by white people Measles 1761 North America Influenza 1772 North America Measles 1775 North America esp New England Epidemic (unknown) 1775-76 Worldwide Influenza One of the worst flu epidemics 1788 Philadelphia, NY Measles 1793 Vermont Influenza and a "putrid fever" 1793 Virginia Influenza (killed 500 people in 5 counties in 4 weeks) 1793 Philadelphia Yellow fever (one of the worst) 1783 Delaware "extremely fatal" bilious disorder 1793 PA (Harrisburg Middletown) many unexplained deaths 1794 Philadelphia Yellow fever 1796-97 Philadelphia Yellow fever 1798 Philadelphia Yellow fever (one of the worst) 1803 New York Yellow fever 1820-23 Nationwide "fever" (starts on Schuylkill River, PA and spreads 1831-32 Nationwide Asiatic Cholera(brought by English immigrants) 1832 New York and other major cities Cholera 1837 Philadelphia Typhus 1841 Nationwide Yellow fever (especially severe in the south) 1847 New Orleans Yellow fever 1847-48 Worldwide Influenza 1848-49 North America Cholera 1850 Nationwide Yellow fever 1850-51 North America Influenza 1852 Nationwide Yellow fever(New Orleans 8,000 die in the summer) 1855 Nationwide Yellow fever 1857-59 Worldwide Influenza (one of greatest flu epidemics) 1860-61 Pennsylvania Smallpox 1865-73 Philadelphia, NY, Boston, New Orleans, Baltimore, Memphis, and Wash. D.C. A series of recurring epidemics of smallpox, Cholera, Typhus, Typhoid, Scarlet fever, & Yellow fever 1873-75 North Am & Europe Influenza 1878 New Orleans Yellow fever (last great epidemic of the disease) 1885 Plymouth, PA Typhoid 1886 Jacksonville, FL Yellow fever 1918 Worldwide Influenza (high point year) More people hospitalized in WWI from Influenza than wounds. US Army training camps became death camps with 80% death rate in some camps. Finally, these specific instances of cholera were mentioned: 1833 Columbus, OH 1834 New York City 1849 NewYork 1851 Coles Cty, IL 1851 Great Plains 1851 Missouri Barbara Allison lemuela@worldnet.att.net


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