Essay on The Epidemic Of The United States

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The United States has been suffering from outbreaks of diseases since the beginning of colonial America, but more importantly, during 1914 to present day 2014. Franklin D. Roosevelt, a former president who was affected by the polio virus in 1921, stated, “If civilization is to survive, we must cultivate the science of human relationships - the ability of all peoples, of all kinds, to live together, in the same world at peace” (Franklin). Civilization must work together in difficult times to conquer obstacles because in the end, the outcome will be stronger, united nation. Although diseases have the potential to keep an entire nation from functioning, the illnesses such as Measles, Polio, the Great Influenza, and Diphtheria, can also unite the country, leading to substantial developments in science, medicine, and the community.
Throughout 1916, North America suffered from multiple outbreaks of diseases, one being Measles. Measles, also called Rubeola, has affected thousands of Americans throughout American history. Measles is an extremely highly contagious disease because of its ability to spread quickly by coughing and sneezing. The dreadful illness begins with a runny nose and fever, and eventually becomes a rash covering the body. The easily transmitted sickness is still a threat to America today because people from other parts of the world could potentially step on American soil and contaminate it. Measles drastically affected American history negatively and positively…

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