|Interior of a
Mississippi steamer crowded with ‘deck passengers’ Cholera epidemic 1873,
National Library of Medicine
|Cholera was one of
the most feared epidemic diseases of the 19th century. There were
repeated worldwide pandemics of the disease.
Cholera is an acute bacterial infection of the intestines caused by
drinking water or eating food contaminated with Vibrio cholera. Symptoms
include watery diarrhea and vomiting that result in very rapid and severe
dehydration. Untreated, death could result in a matter of hours.
shows the interior of a Mississippi steamer crowded with ‘deck passengers’
during a Cholera epidemic in 1873.
Organization. 2000. Report on
Global Surveillance of Epidemic-prone Infectious Diseases. WHO internet website.