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Diseases Through History

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 I gathered this information from various sites I found on the internet and from books. Google or another good search engine is an excellent way of finding information, and trying different wording can sometimes bring up data that you haven't seen before. For example you can use "epidemics", "epidemics worldwide" or "epidemics in the UK". "Illnesses", "deaths from plague", "typhoid" etc might also yield up more information.

You can also make a note of any illnesses/epidemics you find in a genealogical magazine, sometimes these can be included in a story about the Boer War, the American Civil War or even a Regiment's history.

If you can help by adding more to this list please contact me.

Jeanagh Punter

 

From To Ailment Place Notes
1350 Bubonic Plague World Wide
1499 Bubonic Plague London UK
1507 1550 "Fever" UK
1551 Influenza UK
1555 Famine UK Rains brought famine and weakness
1556 1563 Bubonic Plague UK This was an extreme event
1578 Bubonic Plague UK
1586 Bubonic Plague Chesterfield UK All harvests failed
1591 Acute Distress UK As a result of above
1593 Bubonic Plague UK
1596 Famine UK Harvests failed & epidemics began
1603 Bubonic Plague UK
1612 Bubonic Plague UK
1617 Smallpox USA Amongst the Native Indians
1623 1625 Bad Harvest UK
1625 Bubonic Plague UK
1630 Plague UK At worst, many thousands died
1631 Bubonic Plague UK
1633 Smallpox USA Native Indians
1633 1634 Smallpox UK
1636 Bubonic Plague UK
1647 Yellow fever West Indies
1648 Smallpox USA
1648 Whooping Cough USA
1654 Bubonic Plague UK
1657 Measles Boston USA
1662 Smallpox New York USA
1665 Bubonic Plague UK Extreme
1668 Yellow Fever New York USA
1677 Smallpox Boston USA
1687 Measles Boston USA
1690 Yellow Fever New York USA
1699 Yellow Fever South Carolina USA
1702 Yellow Fever New York USA
1702 Scarlet Fever Boston USA
1706 Yellow Fever South Carolina USA
1713 Measles Boston USA
1721 Smallpox USA
1723 Influenza Worldwide
1723 1730 Famine UK Poor harvests & resultant epidemics
1728 Yellow Fever South Caroline USA
1729 Measles Boston USA
1732 Yellow Fever South Carolina USA
1732 Influenza South Carolina USA
1732 1733 Influenza UK
1735 Diphtheria USA
1735 1739 Scarlet Fever New England USA
1738 Smallpox South Carolina USA
1739 Measles Boston USA
1743 Influenza UK
1743 Yellow Fever New York USA
1747 Measles CT NY PA SC USA
1751 1753 Smallpox UK
1759 Measles North America
1761 Influenza USA & West Indies
1762 Influenza UK
1763 Smallpox Boston USA
1767 Influenza UK
1772 Measles USA
1775 1776 Influenza Worldwide
1782 Influenza UK
1783 Bilious Disorder USA This was fatal & thought to be similar to Dysentery
1785 Influenza UK
1788 Measles PA NY USA
1788 1789 Influenza UK
1789 Influenza USA
1792 1799 Yellow Fever USA
1793 Unknown Fever PA USA
1793 Diphtheria UK
1793 Influenza Vermont Virginia USA
1796 Smallpox UK
1802 Smallpox Nebraska USA
1803 Yellow Fever New York USA
1816 1819 Typhus & Smallpox UK
1820 Fever USA
1825 1826 Smallpox UK
1826 1837 Cholera World Wide
1826 Dengue Fever USA & West Indies
1829 Malaria USA
1830 Influenza & Cholera UK
1831 Cholera UK Began world wide independent 1826. Killed 31,000 in UK alone.
1831 Cholera USA
1832 Influenza USA
1833 Cholera Ohio USA
1834 Cholera New York USA
1836 1837 Influenza UK
1837 Typhus PA USA
1837 Smallpox USA Native Indians
1837 1841 Typhus UK Killed on average 16,000 people per year.
1838 1840 Measles & Whooping Cough UK Killed about 50,000
1840 Scarlet Fever UK Killed 20,000
1841 Yellow Fever NO USA
1846 1847 Typhoid UK Killed 30,000.  Caused by a hot dry summer.
1846 1847 Influenza UK Killed 13,000
1847 Typhus & Influenza UK
1847 Measles USA Native Indians
1847 Yellow Fever NO USA
1848 Cholera World Wide
1849 Cholera UK
1850 Yellow Fever USA
1850 Dengue Fever USA
1851 Cholera IL USA
1852 Yellow Fever NO USA
1853 Cholera UK Began in  Birmingham
1855 Cholera UK
1855 Yellow Fever USA
1857 Influenza World Wide
1857 1859 Smallpox UK Killed over 14,000
1860 Smallpox Pennsylvania USA
1861 Epidemics USA Civil War - numerous infectious diseases
1863 Smallpox UK Killed over 20,000
1865 Smallpox USA
1865 Typhus USA
1865 Cholera UK
1865 Cholera USA
1868 1875 Smallpox USA
1870 1872 Smallpox UK Killed 44,800, 7,706 in Birmingham alone
1873 Cholera USA
1878 Yellow Fever Florida USA
1885 Typhoid PA USA
1886 Yellow Fever Florida USA
1889 Influenza World Wide
1889 1890 Russian 'flu UK
1889 1902 British Typhoid Boer War
1893 Polio USA First known outbreak
1900 Plague USA
1901 Smallpox UK
1901 Smallpox USA
1907 1916 Polio USA
1917 Spanish Influenza World Wide
1918 Influenza UK
1931 Polio USA
1942 1953 Polio USA
1947 1949 Smallpox UK
1950 Polio World Wide
1957 Asian Flu UK
1968 Hong Kong Flu UK
 

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