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Epidemics & Diseases in American History

This is a list of all the epidemics for the last 400 years, at least up through 1918. A friend ran across this listing and I thought that I would pass it on. This list could provide some answers as to why some of our ancestors died at certain periods:

1657 - Boston -- Measles
1687 - Boston -- Measles
1690 - New York --Yellow Fever
1713 - Boston -- Measles
1729 - Boston -- Measles
1732-3 - 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 and West Indies -- Influenza
1772 - North America -- Measles
1775 - North America [especially hard in Northeast] epidemic -- Unknown
1775-6 - Worldwide [one of the worst epidemics] -- Influenza
1783 - Dover, DE ["extremely fatal"] -- Bilious Disorder
1784 - New Bern, NC (Craven Co) -- Yellow Fever
1788 - Philadelphia and New York -- Measles
1793 - Vermont [a "putrid" fever] and -- Influenza
1793 - Virginia [killed 500 in 5 counties in 4 weeks] -- Influenza
1793 - Philadelphia [one of the worst epidemics] -- Yellow Fever
1793 - Harrisburg, PA [many unexplained deaths] -- Unknown
1793 - Middletown, PA [many mysterious deaths] -- Unknown
1794 - Philadelphia, PA -- Yellow Fever
1796-7 - Philadelphia, PA -- Yellow Fever
1798 - Philadelphia, PA [one of the worst] -- Yellow Fever
1798 - New Bern, NC (Craven Co) -- Yellow Fever
1803 - New York -- Yellow Fever
1820-3 - Nationwide [starts-Schuylkill River and spreads] -- "Fever"
1831-2 - Nationwide [brought by English emigrants] -- Asiatic Cholera
1832 - New York City and other major cities -- Cholera
1837 - Philadelphia -- Typhus
1841 - Nationwide [especially severe in the south] -- Yellow Fever
1847 - New Orleans -- Yellow Fever
1847-8 - Worldwide -- Influenza
1848-9 - North America -- Cholera
1850 - Nationwide -- Yellow Fever
1850-1 - North America -- Influenza
1852 - Nationwide [New Orleans-8,000 die in summer] -- Yellow Fever
1855 - Nationwide [many parts] -- Yellow Fever
1857-9 - Worldwide [one of the greated epidemics] -- Influenza
1860-1 - Pennsylvania -- Smallpox
1865-73 - Philadelphia, New York, Boston, New Orleans -- Smallpox
1865-73 - Baltimore, Memphis, Washington DC -- Cholera
[A series of recurring epidemics of: Typhus, Typhoid, Scarlet Fever, Yellow
Fever]
1873-5 - North America and Europe -- Influenza
1878 - New Orleans [last great epidemic] -- Yellow Fever
1885 - Plymouth, PA -- Typhoid
1886 - Jacksonville, FL -- Yellow Fever
1918 - Worldwide [high point year] -- Influenza

 


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