Cholera - how old?

Karl Roberts kr1 at PGSTUMAIL.PG.CC.MD.US
Tue Jan 7 09:23:40 EST 1997


Dear Lars,
	Cholera, like many of the communicable infectious diseases, has 
been present ever since man began to form community structures. Remeber, 
this vibrio disease is generally spread via sewage-contaminated water, so 
anywhere people congregate and utilize untreated water supplies, the 
possibility of an outbreak of this disease exists.  It was definately a 
scourge in the middle ages, though it is unlikely that it was commonly 
reported- remember, people believed then and for many years after that 
life could arise spontaneously, and that disease could result from such 
varied circumstances as witchery, bad blood, and the breathing in of 
miasmas (which, by the way, is probably how malaria got its name).  Though I 
don't remember the exact year this came out, the BBC produced a marvelous
series of videos entitled "Plagues" which would be of interest to you.  
You can be quite certain that cholera was one of the major reported 
plagues of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries. I hope this helps.
Joe Roberts
Prince George's Community College

On Tue, 7 Jan 1997, Lars Andrup wrote:

> Dear Bionet.Microbiology
> I'm writing an article (popular science)on microbiology and I would like
> to mention some of the pests of the middle ages. And my question is: is
> cholera that old in Europe?
> 
> Yours
> 
> Lars
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