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EPIDEMICS - Deaths of more than one person over a short time period (but not necessarily on the same day), especially when children are involved, might indicate an epidemic caused by the flu, typhoid, yellow fever, or any other contagious disease.

Cyndi's List - Epidemics


The 1918 Influenza Pandemic

1657 Boston Measles
1687 Boston Measles
1690 New York Yellow Fever
1713 Boston Measles
1729 Boston Measles
1732-3 Worldwide Influenza
1738 South Carolina Smallpox
1739-40 Boston Measles
1747 CT, NY, PA, SC Measles
1759 N. America
(areas inhabited by white settlers)
1761 N. America and West Indies Influenza
1772 N. America Measles
1775 N. America Unknown
1775-6 Worldwide
1783 Dover, DE
(High death rate)
Bilious Disorder
1788 Philadelphia & New York Measles
1793 Vermont & Virginia Influenza
1793 Virginia
(High Death Rate. 500 die in 5 counties in 4 weeks)
1793 Philadelphia
(one of the worst epidemics)
Yellow Fever
1793 Harrisburg, PA
(Many unexplained deaths)
1793 Middletown, PA
(Many unexplained deaths)
1794 Philadelphia, PA Yellow Fever
1796-8 Philadelphia, PA Yellow Fever
1803 New York Yellow Fever
1820-23 Nationwide
(Started at the Schuykill River and spread)
1831-32 Nationwide
(brought by emigrants)
Asiatic Cholera
1832 New York City and other major urban areas Cholera
1833 Columbus, Ohio Influenza
1834 New York City Influenza
1837 Philadelphia Typhus
1841 Nationwide
(Severe in the south)
Yellow Fever
1847 New Orleans Yellow Fever
1847-48 Worldwide Influenza
1848-49 North America Cholera
1849 New York Influenza
1850 Nationwide Yellow Fever
1850-51 North America Influenza
1851 Coles County, Illinois; The Great Plains: and Missouri Influenza
1852 Nationwide
(New Orleans - 8,000 die in summer)
Yellow Fever
1855 Nationwide Yellow Fever
1857-59 Worldwide
(one of the biggest epidemics)
1860-61 Pennsylvania Smallpox
1865-73 Philadelphia, New York, Boston, New Orleans Smallpox
1865-73 Baltimore, Memphis, Washington DC Cholera
Recurring epidemics of: Thyphus, Typhoid, Scarlet Fever, Yellow Fever
1873-75 North America (also Europe) Influenza
1878 New Orleans Yellow Fever
1885 Plymouth, PA Typhoid
1886 Jacksonville, FL Yellow Fever
1918 Worldwide
(worst year)  More people hospitalized during WWI from influenza than from wounds.  US Army training camps had high death rates.