Diseases of the 1900´s

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Diseases of the 1900´s

Diseases such as the Spanish Influenza and Smallpox have greatly influenced the health of Americans in the early 1900’s; these harmful virus’ have endangered the American population because of overcrowding and war during that time period.

The Spanish Influenza started in Alaska and headed south till it hit Galveston Bay. The Spainsh Influenza killed more people than WW1, WW2, the Vietnam War, and the Koren War combined. War is the main reason for the virus' spreading. At that time, scientists hadn't found a cure, but now it has been proven to be self-curable.

Smallpox has drastically decreased the American residents, wherehas it has also helped human researchers learn about our immunity to certain infections. Smallpox was a leading cause of death during the early 1900’s. This virus entered the US the first time in 1633 in Massachusstes. Scientists were beginning to realize that patients who were previously diagnosed with Cowpox never seemed to acquire Smallpox. Edward Jenner was the first person to successfully create a immunity to the disease, but later the WHO campain created a certified cure.

Disea es of the 1900's

Small Pox

Influenza Epidemic

Cholera was a waterborne disease that caused dehydration. When you have Cholera, your body has the tendency to lose many of your vital fluids and minerals. Cholera generally affects your small intestine, so it doesn’t function properly. Cholera is actually greek for “diarrhea”, and is was named after that because the condition of your body is similar to when you are experiencing diarrhea. The ORT program finally found a cure for Cholera.





Real World Connection

Polio is a extremely contagious disease that mainly affects children and elderly. Polio entered the United States through New York in 1910. Basil O'Connor was the first person to effectively create an antidote for Polio, but the date remains unknown. Eradication of Polio from the United States is one of the country’s proudest accomplishments.

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The picture is a poster from the 1900's that was put up to inform the citizens of America about the danger of the Influenza. It is telling people to cover their faces to protect themselves from the flu.


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These diseases relate to the real world becuase they have taken many lives during the 1900's when war was happeneing. This was an important part of our history and we shouldn't forget all the people who died or lost someone from these harmful diseases.

This is a picture of one of the bacteria that is in your body when you have Cholera. When you have Cholera your body loses many needed minerals.

This is a picture of the Galveston Bay which is where the Sapnish Influenza started. It was the central area of Texas at that time and had the most most buildings and houses.


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