I've seen this in every village I researched. So have most other
researchers. 10-20% was common. This is a big reason why so many
children died in their infancy, along with malnutrition.
Until sanitation controls were in place, an epidemic made its rounds every
10 years or so. Dr. John Snow's researched revealed this in the mid
1800s, but broad prevention methods were not deployed until the early
1900s. In small villages it was even later.
In most small villages it had a lot to do with whatever was deposited
upstream, picked up by those who washed clothes and other stuff
downstream. There was a simple fix but it was hard to deploy.
On Wed, May 9, 2012 11:49 am, stevemartonak wrote:
> From 1852 through 1872 the number of recorded deaths per year in Dubovica
> varied between 11 and 49, with the average being around 20.
> In 1873 the number of recorded deaths jumped to 91. Of these, 33 were
> from smallpox and 35 were from cholera. This in a village of less than
> 1000 people. No wonder my Grandpa never had anything good to say about
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