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Cholera In The 19th Century Essay

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Asiatic cholera is a deadly disease it is believed that it's carried by a micro organism called cholera morbus. This disease attacked Cardiff during the 19th century cholera started because of a problem with the water system in many areas in Cardiff. This deadly disease killed a lot of people. The question for this coursework is to see whether or not people were right to blame the Irish for the cholera epidemic in Cardiff.Below I have drawn a timeline of the times cholera had struck Cardiff and its people.1832- The first case of cholera was reported, this time it did not spread.1848- In September cholera somehow returned to Cardiff killing 2 baby boys.1849- In May, as the weather became warmer, an epidemic began.1849- The worst number of deaths was in June when 135 people died.1849- In July 69 people died.1849- In august 91 people died.1849- In September 55 people died.1849- In October 3 people died1849- And in November only person had died from this disease.So during the cholera epidemic a total of 350 people had died and some luckily survived it.The graph below shows how many people had died in the year 1849.As you can see from the graph, the disease killed a lot of people in the warmer conditions.According to an article by D.C James, it was believed that cholera was a very infectious disease. It is carried by tiny micro-organisms called cholera morbus. This organism multiplies in the stomach of the infected and leads to a variety of symptoms such as:- depression- giddiness- sleepiness- dehydration- vomiting- acute diarrhea- rapid pulse rate- kidney failureThese symptoms may have appeared between 1-7 days after eating food or drinking water contaminated with bacteria. Although we do know and have to address that we have the technology to analyze the cause of this deadly disease. Logically it wouldn't have been a good idea to put salt in the water to be given to the thirsty.For most of the period of this deadly disease, cholera was misunderstood, whether it was caused by contact with the person or with the environment it was a matter of unprovable opinion. But the people at the time thought the disease spread by the following ways:- eating food with hands soiled with excretment- eating food contaminated with flies- drinking excretment polluted waterAll of these points help spread the disease.Cholera came to surface in 1839 when a ship called the Traveler docked at the Cardiff docks. The master of the ship had the disease. The next day another ship called the belvoirDocked. A colleague onboard was suffering from cholera, luckily enough both ships were put into the quite area of the docks and the seaman were isolated. This helped the prevent the disease from spreading. But in 1848 this deadly disease returned to Cardiff. But this time it was much more dangerous. The first people to die from this disease were 2 baby boys. This was one of many deaths to come. Then in may 1849 as the weather became warmer, a cholera epidemic began. This disease...

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