Disease Industrial Revolution

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Disease Industrial Revolution

Disease During the Industrial Revolution

Cholera was a greatly feared disease. Caused by contaminated water, it could spread with speed and with devastating consequences. Industrial Britain was hit by an outbreak of cholera.The cause was simple sewage was being allowed to come into contact with drinking water and contaminating it. As many people used river water as their source of drinking water, the disease spread with ease.An attack of cholera is sudden and painful, though not necessarily fatal. The disease usually affected those in a city’s poorer areas, though the rich did not escape this disease.

Disease was the cause of many deaths in industrial cities during the Industrial Revolution. With a lack of hygiene, little knowledge of sanitary care and no knowledge as to what caused diseases. Diseases such as cholera, typhoid and typhus could be devastating. As the cities became more populated, the problem got worse.

The greatest killer in the cities was tuberculosis . Tuberculosis attacked the lungs. The lungs produce what are called tubercles. The disease causes these tubercles to become yellow and spongy and caused coughing fits.TB affected those who had been poorly fed and were under nourished. It also affected those who lived in dirty and damp homes. TB can be spread by a person breathing in the exhaled air of someone who already has the disease. In the overcrowded tenements of the industrial cities one infected person could spread the disease very easily.


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