“Plague in Central America,” by Arana Xajila, in the years of 1519-1560 talks about a deadly plague that derives from Europe to Mesoamerica (Central America) and spreads throughout Central America. This plague had spread to the people of Central America when their tribe, Cakchiquels, were fighting against the Spaniards. The Spaniards that were fighting in the tribe had passed on this deadly plague to the Cakchiquels tribe who then passed it on to others in Central America. This plague can be known as the influenza (flu). This deadly virus was spreading rapidly and soon everyone in Central America were affected. This deadly disease that spread from Europe to Central America had caused people much suffering and ultimately was the cause of their
According to CDC (Centers of Disease Control and Prevention), “Valley Fever is not contagious. Valley Fever is caused by fungus that lives in the environment. Symptoms of Valley Fever are usually similar to the flu.” In the novel Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan, valley fever is a crucial event. Valley fever affected people in the 1930s, was used throughout the novel, and was depicted correctly by the author. In the next paragraphs I will be describing how valley fever affected many people and how people struggled during the 1930s.
The major diseases that affected the people in this assigned population and time period are small pox, measles, malaria, influenza, typhus and numerous of other diseases that killed thousands of people often in tandem. Nonetheless, with the foreigner’s arrival the course of history change; to begin with, the aching bones, high fever, burning chest, abdominal pain, consumption, and the headaches all erupted as signs, symptoms, and threats to mortality (Anderson, 2007, p. 148).
Through much scientific research, a bacteria called Yersinia Pestis was discovered. This bacteria is spread by both animals and insects. This specific bacteria attacks the lymph system causing the infection to spread throughout the body. The reservoirs of this bacteria and disease are mice, rats, squirrels and other small animals. A reservoir is a host of an infection. The vector, meaning carrier, is insects such as fleas and
One of the most scariest diseases, if not the scariest disease, was smallpox. Smallpox was a game change in the 1500’s. The smallpox most definitely had one of the biggest impacts on the world. People often say that had it still been occurring it would have wiped out mankind and possibly all mammals, reptiles, amphibians and possibly most birds, and bugs. The cause of the civil war was because of an epidemic of smallpox. That was classified as the first recorded smallpox epidemic in the New World. This epidemic took place in 1518, it spread to Mexico and South
The Dust Bowl swept across the southern Plains in the 1930s. During the Dust Bowl there were severe dust storms and it was a drought. During the 1930s the great depression was going on.The Dust Bowl made the depression be felt even more. Life on the Plains (Kansas, Colorado, Oklahoma, Texas, and New Mexico) changed very much. Many farmers had to find new jobs and some even lost homes because the shortage on crops to sell. From 1931 to 1939 the Dust Bowl went on. Finally, in 1939 rain came down and ended the Dust Bowl.
The Plague During the 1300s Asia was struck with one of the most deadly diseases, the plague. This deadly disease is very contagious, if you are in the same room with the person that is infected, the disease is already inside you and you could soon get it. Back in the
We’ve had many global outbreaks in our world of diseases and viruses. The novel The Hot Zone by Richard Preston is about an outbreak of a vicious disease. It gives a terrifying, true narrative about an eruption of a deadly virus, Ebola, the great slate wiper, the disease that did horrific things you did not want to imagine (Preston 64). The vicious virus approached upon the people out of nowhere, when no one knew what it was or why it was happening. The government's response was very well reacted to the situation, they jumped right on the situation, contained the virus and tried to find a cure as soon as possible.
Syphilis is an acute disease that was not perfectly understood until scientists start to do clinical researches over patients having the disease and the bacteria themselves. Experiments were done on syphilis to understand how it proceeds, and how it can be cured. After the discovery of this affliction, doctors tried very hard to understand the disease, so they did various experiments. some of them were legal while others were illegal. In 1932, The Tuskegee syphilis experiment was done on black people in Alabama by U.S public health service. The purpose of that experiment was to understand the progression of syphilis over human body. However, the experiment involved six hundred black men, this disease infected 301 of them and
In the beginning of The Hot Zone By Richard Preston, readers are introduced to the appearance of a virus similar to Ebola that strikes in western Kenya during 1980 and eventually costs the life of Charles Monet, a Frenchman living by himself. When Monet and his friend travel to the Kitum Cave, he returns to his home and becomes ill on the seventh day. The author then describes Monet’s symptoms and illness in graphic details, providing a sense of terror for the readers. When a doctor named Shem Musoke treats Monet in the Nairobi Hospital, he develops the symptoms of the virus himself. Due to the fact Musoke feels particularly unwell after treating Monet, he is then opened up during an exploratory surgery and his liver appears to be red and
The Army went to great lengths to safeguard the health of its prisoners as mandated in the Geneva Convention. Of immediate concern was preventing the spread of infectious diseases. Shortly after arriving at his first POW camp in America, each prisoner received a complete physical exam. It included vaccinations against smallpox, typhoid, paratyphoid, and tetanus. At least once a month thereafter, Army medical corps officers inspected the prisoners for communicable diseases and vermin infestation.67
There are many different ways to pass away, some harsher than others. In “The Hot Zone” By Richard Preston, there are a few different viruses explained to be deadly to not only humans, but other species as well. The hot zone is an area on earth that contains lethal, infectious organisms. Marburg virus, Ebola Zaire, and Sudan virus all contribute to making the hot zone so pernicious.
The novel Fever 1793 , written by Laurie Anderson, is a narrative which describes the yellow fever epidemic in the late 1700’s. This epidemic caused the deaths of 5,000 or more people in a town of 50,000 in only 3 months. A young girl named Mattie from the town of Philadelphia has to deal with the deathly illness spreading around the world. The novel begins with the death of Mattie’s childhood friend, Polly. The citizens continued their daily lives shrugging off the death as a fluke and tried to ignore the fact that something was very wrong. As more people in Philadelphia became ill, including Mattie’s mother later on in the book, she was ushered away with her grandpa to go to a safer place. Her and her grandfather are mistaken for fever
Becoming familiar with the history of smallpox establishes how deadly this disease was and confirms the destructive path it left. It can be compared to many of the diseases that are still affecting people today. The origin of smallpox is thought to begin around 10,000 BC, but the specific beginning is lost in prehistory. Other diseases, such as tuberculosis, have almost the same depth of history, but are still active today. Smallpox began around the same time as the first settlements of agriculture in Africa and then spread to India by merchants. There is evidence of smallpox from mummies around the time of the eighteenth and twentieth Egyptian Dynasties. Europe became infected with this horrific illness between the fifth and seventh centuries.