The Spread Of Cholera In America

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Cholera is a condition that is spread by eating food and drinking water that is contaminated with human feces. Individuals who contract cholera mostly suffer from vomiting, severe diarrhea, and cramps. These people may even die from dehydration within short periods of a few hours or even days following the appearance of the first symptoms. Cholera epidemics began as early as 1830s killing several US citizens, particularly Ohioans. Cholera is believed to have arrived in the US in 1832 with European immigrants and businessmen who had traveled across Lake Erie. The people who lived in the Cleveland area were the first ones in Ohio to contract cholera. This disease was more virulent in the cities because these places had poor sanitation systems. …show more content…
From Pittsburgh, across the Ohio River, to Cincinnati, several suffered from this ailment and died during the 1832 epidemic. The region had canals which provided a stagnant source of water. It is through these canals that cholera spread faster in this region. The canal workers died because of drinking this stagnant water. The modes of transport such as railroads, canals, and steamboats helped the Ohioans economically and at the same time brought the diseases. Around 351 people died of cholera in this region. Even though this disease spread all through Ohio, the worst epidemic occurred in 1849 with several casualties. In this epidemic, around 8,000 people died in Cincinnati among the prominent people who died were the infant son of Harriet Beecheri. The epidemics hit Cincinnati hard in 1832-33, 1849-50, 1866 and further in 1873. In each of the epidemics, there were significant effects killing a great part of the population. When the residents of Cincinnati saw the increasing deaths of people from this disease, they moved to Mt. Pleasant from the city and only a community escaped this illness. Because of the safeness of this region, the residents eventually changed its name to Mt. Healthy. Additionally, around 121 inmates from Columbus at the Ohio Penitentiary died from this disease in just three monthsii. During this time the Ohio penitentiary was used as both a territorial and federal prison. During this time Ohio accepted several prisoners far from deserts, plains, mountains and seas. These prisoners were brought through the rivers, canals or even roads. Additionally, there was a railroad that brought the convicts to the new place apart from the mentioned means of transport. The prison was overcrowded, and as such when a disease broke out it in 1849 it killed so many people. The people did not worry about the inmates as long as the cholera epidemic stayed within the confines if the prisoniii. They stated that as long as

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