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|Malaria was endemic
in coastal areas. Practically everyone who lived in or traveled through these
areas during the warm months experienced “seasoning,” which meant they
suffered through the fevers and lassitude of malaria and other mosquito borne
|The word malaria
comes from the Italian mal’aria
meaning “bad air.” Foul air, miasma, or swamp gas was deemed
unhealthy. This cartoon portrays an epidemiological inquiry:
|Doctor: Any of your
boarders got malaria?
If you mean lying down and sleeping and grumbling and going to bed late and
don’t get up at all mornings – if that’s the disease, they’ve all got it bad!