Published in TB and Outbreaks Week, November 22nd, 2005
According to a recently published report from England, "Asiatic cholera reached Britain for the first time in late 1831, with the main epidemic occurring during 1832. The disease caused profuse diarrhea, severe dehydration, collapse, and often death. There was widespread public fear, and the political and medical response to this new disease was variable and inadequate.
"In the summer of 1832, a series of 'cholera riots' occurred in various towns and cities throughout Britain, frequently directed against the authorities, doctors, or both. The city of...
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