Cholera - how old? (fwd)

Karl Roberts kr1 at PGSTUMAIL.PG.CC.MD.US
Tue Jan 7 11:17:53 EST 1997

Dear Ron,
	As a matter of fact it was. In 1849, an English physician named John
Snow traced the source of an outbreak of cholera in London to a 
contaminated water pump.  He had the handle removed, and the disease went 
into decline. I think that case is mentioned in the film I previously 
described, but I'll have to dig it up and look. Good memory!
Joe Roberts 

On 7 Jan 1997, Ron Gerth wrote:

> Wasn't one of the classic teaching studies used in epi classes a cholera 
> outbreak in London?  I think I remember (it's been awhile) seeing a map 
> with several water sources flagged on a map of London with the locations 
> of households that had sick/dead people.  The clusters were clearly 
> visible around a couple of the sources and not around the others.
> Like I said it has been a while since I looked at the stuff but I am 
> pretty sure that it was cholera and it was very early on.
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> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> Date: 7 Jan 1997 06:23:40 -0800
> From: Karl Roberts <kr1 at pgstumail.pg.cc.md.us>
> To: microbio at net.bio.net
> Subject: Re: Cholera - how old?
> 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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