Diseases that May Effect You

Do you know what diseases were prevalent in your area 100 years ago?  While we plan our medical kits and training around injuries and wounds, disease may turn out to be the biggest killer.  Due to modern sanitation methods, immunization and antibiotics we have not had to face many of the diseases our ancestors did.  A little quick research revealed the following.

Measles killed substantial numbers of children under 15 throughout the U.S. in the 19th century

100 years ago, 50% of adults in North America were toothless.

Dengue fever occurred in Hawaii, south Texas and Florida

100 years ago the leading causes of death were 1. Pneumonia and influenza, 2. Tuberculosis, 3. Diarrhea, 4. Heart disease, 5. Stroke.

In the 19th century outbreaks of cholera, dysentery, TB, typhoid fever, influenza, yellow fever, and malaria occurred throughout the US.

In 1914, the US Public Health Service went to Congress to secure funds to control malaria in the United States. These efforts were heightened in 1933 with the creation of the U.S. Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) where an organized malaria control program was established. At the time, malaria affected 30 percent of the population in the region where the TVA was incorporated.  Malaria was present over almost the entire US and most of Canada during the 19th century.

Many of these diseases that we have not faced in many years , are being brought back into the country by illegal immigrants

Do you know the symptoms of these diseases and what the treatments are?  Many of these diseases can be avoided by knowing how to treat your water, safe handling of food and eliminating other hazards in your environment.

Howard

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One Response to Diseases that May Effect You

  1. Ellen says:

    I think this was well stated.
    The problems now is kind of a mystery.
    Why have manufactures of medicines not been able to keep up the supply?
    Why are all of these new virus’ so resistant? I personally do not think that it is all just misuse of antibiotics by the patient.
    Even though the immigration problem has drug in a lot of crap and I know we still have a lot of room in the US, but believe it is over crowding of the masses for the spread of some diseases. If things spread that well in the 19th century just look at the possibilities now and especially if the system breaks down completely.
    We have also run to the doctor with everything under the sun till now we do not know how to take care of a lot of things that used to be taken care of at home to begin with.
    And a lot of people are plain out stupid. Heard on the news the other morning about measle parties and gifts. They have their kids suck lollipops with the infection in them.
    Also believe you should be clean, but not sterile. I have never wanted to eat off of anyone’s floor, so don’t see that it is a criteria for safety. It should be clean and not pull your socks off when you walk across it.
    But all in all we are going to have to practice health safety. No getting around it.

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