The Yellow Fever Epidemic Of 1878 Essay

1658 Words Oct 17th, 2016 7 Pages
Throughout the 18th and 19th centuries, as the country grew and trade flourished, periodic epidemics struck regions of the nation as population density increased. Outbreaks of influenza, cholera took over the nation, and in the south, one of the most prevalent was yellow fever. Due to these diseases, a lot of public health policies were either created or changed to better suit the new issues arising. In this essay, I will argue that the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1878 brought upon many changes in the health realm in terms of public sanitation. In order to prove the epidemic s place in the history of health policies, I will be discussing the creation of the new sewer system, waste disposal techniques, and other projects created. In its early years, Memphis was very much like other American settlements when it came to addressing waste collection and disposal. However, after Memphis suffered through several severe plagues of cholera and yellow fever, which caused the loss of over 10,000 lives ; the city recognized the need to get their sanitary sewage away from their water sources (primarily small private wells), even though the concluding decision was inaccurately based on the belief that yellow fever was being caused by inadequate sanitation practices. The city of Memphis, TN, is considered to be the first community in the United States to have a separate sanitary sewage collection system . This system included a place where rain water could be carried underground from…

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