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.