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    In case you ever wondered why a large number of your ancestors disappeared during a certain period in history, the list below might help. Epidemics have always had a great influence on people by causing a large part of the population to become sick or die. This, in turn, weakened the community.
    Many cases of people disappearing from records can be traced to dying during an epidemic or moving away from the affected area. Genealogists should look for a large number of people dying in the same year or a large population shift. Knowing when and where epidemics occurred can help explain changes in your ancestors behavior.
    Medical knowledge has grown significantly in the past 50 to 100 years. Prior to the 1940s - before antibiotics were available - an epidemic could get out of control very quickly and there was little doctors could do about it. Today, we live in a world that has advanced greatly since that time and has made very specific efforts to cure or control outbreaks of diseases.
    Some of the major epidemics in the United States and elsewhere are listed below. This does not purport to be a complete list of epidemics and pandemics.
    Other situations, such as famine or significant changes in weather patterns, also caused a great trouble to our ancestors. Conditions were difficult in the best of times where bathing was considered unhealthy. One or two added problems, then, could wreak havoc in the general population.
    <hr> Epidemics

    <table style="border-collapse: collapse;" border="0" bordercolor="#111111" cellpadding="2" cellspacing="0" width="100%"> <tbody><tr> <td bgcolor="#c0c0c0" valign="top" width="20%">Period</td> <td bgcolor="#c0c0c0" valign="top" width="25%">Location</td> <td bgcolor="#c0c0c0" valign="top" width="21%">Disease</td> <td bgcolor="#c0c0c0" valign="top" width="53%">Notes</td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="20%">1332</td> <td valign="top" width="25%">India</td> <td valign="top" width="21%">Bubonic plague</td> <td valign="top" width="53%">Original location of this pandemic.</td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="20%">1346-1348</td> <td valign="top" width="25%">World wide</td> <td valign="top" width="21%">Bubonic plague</td> <td valign="top" width="53%"> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="20%">1348-1350</td> <td valign="top" width="25%">Europe; Marseille France; Tunis North Africa</td> <td valign="top" width="21%">Bubonic plague</td> <td valign="top" width="53%">Nearly 1/3 the population of Europe succumbed in the first two years.</td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="20%">1349</td> <td valign="top" width="25%">Norway, Scotland, Prussia, Iceland, and Italy</td> <td valign="top" width="21%">Bubonic plague</td> <td valign="top" width="53%"> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="20%">1351</td> <td valign="top" width="25%">Russia</td> <td valign="top" width="21%">Bubonic plague</td> <td valign="top" width="53%"> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="20%">1485</td> <td valign="top" width="25%">England</td> <td valign="top" width="21%">The Sweat</td> <td valign="top" width="53%">Transported from Rouen by mercenaries recruited to help establish Henry Tudor. Also called The Swat, New Acquaintance, Stoupe, or Knave know they master.</td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="20%">1508</td> <td valign="top" width="25%">England</td> <td valign="top" width="21%">The Sweat</td> <td valign="top" width="53%">A fast acting disease that many claimed "they were dancing in court at nine and dead at eleven." An apparently virile 24 hour disease.</td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="20%">1517</td> <td valign="top" width="25%">England</td> <td valign="top" width="21%">The Sweat</td> <td valign="top" width="53%"> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="20%">1518-1520</td> <td valign="top" width="25%">Aztec Empire (Mexico)</td> <td valign="top" width="21%">Smallpox</td> <td valign="top" width="53%">Brought to the New World with the Spanish, it aided the conquest since the Aztecs didn't have any immunity.</td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="20%">1527-1530</td> <td valign="top" width="25%">Inca Empire (Peru)</td> <td valign="top" width="21%">Smallpox</td> <td valign="top" width="53%"> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="20%">1539-1540</td> <td valign="top" width="25%">England</td> <td valign="top" width="21%">Bubonic plague</td> <td valign="top" width="53%">Loughborough England has been cited as an example of the many plague outbreaks throughout this time period.</td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="20%">1550-1566</td> <td valign="top" width="25%">England</td> <td valign="top" width="21%">Bubonic plague</td> <td valign="top" width="53%">The population of England may have fallen as much as 6% between 1550 and 1560 due, primarily, to the plague.</td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="20%">1551</td> <td valign="top" width="25%">England</td> <td valign="top" width="21%">The Sweat</td> <td valign="top" width="53%"> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="20%">1577</td> <td valign="top" width="25%">Oxford England</td> <td valign="top" width="21%">goal fever</td> <td valign="top" width="53%"> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="20%">1581</td> <td valign="top" width="25%">York England</td> <td valign="top" width="21%">goal fever</td> <td valign="top" width="53%"> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="20%">1590</td> <td valign="top" width="25%">Lincoln England</td> <td valign="top" width="21%">goal fever</td> <td valign="top" width="53%"> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="20%">1615</td> <td valign="top" width="25%">England</td> <td valign="top" width="21%">a burning fever</td> <td valign="top" width="53%">Little known of this disease except that it coincided with an outbreak of Hot Ague (fever) elsewhere in England and Europe.</td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="20%">1616</td> <td valign="top" width="25%">New England</td> <td valign="top" width="21%">Smallpox</td> <td valign="top" width="53%">American Indian population is hard hit.</td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="20%">1634-1635</td> <td valign="top" width="25%">England</td> <td valign="top" width="21%">Smallpox</td> <td valign="top" width="53%"> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="20%">1636</td> <td valign="top" width="25%">Hereford England</td> <td valign="top" width="21%">goal fever</td> <td valign="top" width="53%"> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="20%">1638</td> <td valign="top" width="25%">England</td> <td valign="top" width="21%">unidentified fever</td> <td valign="top" width="53%"> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="20%">1649</td> <td valign="top" width="25%">New England, Boston</td> <td valign="top" width="21%">Smallpox</td> <td valign="top" width="53%">Boston especially hard hit.</td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="20%">1657</td> <td valign="top" width="25%">Boston</td> <td valign="top" width="21%">Measles</td> <td valign="top" width="53%"> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="20%">1660-1661</td> <td valign="top" width="25%">England</td> <td valign="top" width="21%">unidentified fever</td> <td valign="top" width="53%"> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="20%">1666</td> <td valign="top" width="25%">London England</td> <td valign="top" width="21%">Bubonic Plague</td> <td valign="top" width="53%">Last great outbreak.</td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="20%">1666</td> <td valign="top" width="25%">New England</td> <td valign="top" width="21%">Smallpox</td> <td valign="top" width="53%"> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="20%">1678</td> <td valign="top" width="25%">New England</td> <td valign="top" width="21%">Smallpox</td> <td valign="top" width="53%"> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="20%">1687</td> <td valign="top" width="25%">Boston</td> <td valign="top" width="21%">Measles</td> <td valign="top" width="53%"> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="20%">1690</td> <td valign="top" width="25%">New York (city)</td> <td valign="top" width="21%">Yellow Fever</td> <td valign="top" width="53%"> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="20%">1711</td> <td valign="top" width="25%">Europe, especially Northern Europe</td> <td valign="top" width="21%">Plague</td> <td valign="top" width="53%">Source: World Almanac 1994</td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="20%">1713</td> <td valign="top" width="25%">Boston</td> <td valign="top" width="21%">Measles</td> <td valign="top" width="53%"> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="20%">1729</td> <td valign="top" width="25%">Boston</td> <td valign="top" width="21%">Measles</td> <td valign="top" width="53%"> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="20%">1732-33</td> <td valign="top" width="25%">World wide</td> <td valign="top" width="21%">Influenza</td> <td valign="top" width="53%"> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="20%">1738</td> <td valign="top" width="25%">SC</td> <td valign="top" width="21%">Smallpox</td> <td valign="top" width="53%"> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="20%">1739-40</td> <td valign="top" width="25%">Boston</td> <td valign="top" width="21%">Measles</td> <td valign="top" width="53%"> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="20%">1747</td> <td valign="top" width="25%">CT, NY, PA, SC</td> <td valign="top" width="21%">Measles</td> <td valign="top" width="53%"> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="20%">1759</td> <td valign="top" width="25%">North America</td> <td valign="top" width="21%">Measles</td> <td valign="top" width="53%">Mostly areas inhabited by white people</td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="20%">1761</td> <td valign="top" width="25%">North America & West Indies</td> <td valign="top" width="21%">Influenza</td> <td valign="top" width="53%"> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="20%">1772</td> <td valign="top" width="25%">North America</td> <td valign="top" width="21%">Measles</td> <td valign="top" width="53%"> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="20%">1775</td> <td valign="top" width="25%">North America</td> <td valign="top" width="21%">unknown</td> <td valign="top" width="53%">Especially hard in New England</td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="20%">1775-76</td> <td valign="top" width="25%">World wide</td> <td valign="top" width="21%">Influenza</td> <td valign="top" width="53%">One of worst flu epidemics</td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="20%">1783</td> <td valign="top" width="25%">DE (Dover area)</td> <td valign="top" width="21%">Bilious Disorder</td> <td valign="top" width="53%">Extremely fatal</td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="20%">1788</td> <td valign="top" width="25%">Philadelphia & NY</td> <td valign="top" width="21%">Measles</td> <td valign="top" width="53%"> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="20%">1793</td> <td valign="top" width="25%">VT</td> <td valign="top" width="21%">Influenza and a "putrid fever"</td> <td valign="top" width="53%"> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="20%">1793</td> <td valign="top" width="25%">VA</td> <td valign="top" width="21%">Influenza</td> <td valign="top" width="53%">Killed 500 people in 5 counties in 4 weeks</td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="20%">1793</td> <td valign="top" width="25%">Philadelphia</td> <td valign="top" width="21%">Yellow Fever</td> <td valign="top" width="53%">Over 4,000 dead</td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="20%">1793</td> <td valign="top" width="25%">PA (Harrisburg & Middletown)</td> <td valign="top" width="21%">many unexplained deaths
    </td> <td valign="top" width="53%"> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="20%">1794</td> <td valign="top" width="25%">Philadelphia</td> <td valign="top" width="21%">Yellow Fever</td> <td valign="top" width="53%"> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="20%">1796-97</td> <td valign="top" width="25%">Philadelphia</td> <td valign="top" width="21%">Yellow Fever</td> <td valign="top" width="53%"> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="20%">1798</td> <td valign="top" width="25%">Philadelphia</td> <td valign="top" width="21%">Yellow Fever</td> <td valign="top" width="53%">One of the worst</td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="20%">1803</td> <td valign="top" width="25%">New York City</td> <td valign="top" width="21%">Yellow Fever</td> <td valign="top" width="53%"> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="20%">1820-23</td> <td valign="top" width="25%">USA</td> <td valign="top" width="21%">"fever"</td> <td valign="top" width="53%">Starts on the Schuylkill River in PA and spreads across the nation</td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="20%">1831-32</td> <td valign="top" width="25%">USA</td> <td valign="top" width="21%">Asiatic Cholera</td> <td valign="top" width="53%">Brought by English immigrants</td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="20%">1832</td> <td valign="top" width="25%">New York & other major cities</td> <td valign="top" width="21%">Cholera</td> <td valign="top" width="53%">Over 3,000 dead in NYC from July to August! In October over 4,000 died in New Orleans!</td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="20%">1833</td> <td valign="top" width="25%">Columbus OH</td> <td valign="top" width="21%">Cholera</td> <td valign="top" width="53%"> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="20%">1834</td> <td valign="top" width="25%">New York City</td> <td valign="top" width="21%">Cholera</td> <td valign="top" width="53%"> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="20%">1837</td> <td valign="top" width="25%">Philadelphia</td> <td valign="top" width="21%">Typhus</td> <td valign="top" width="53%"> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="20%">1841</td> <td valign="top" width="25%">USA</td> <td valign="top" width="21%">Yellow Fever</td> <td valign="top" width="53%">Especially severe in the South</td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="20%">1847</td> <td valign="top" width="25%">New Orleans</td> <td valign="top" width="21%">Yellow Fever</td> <td valign="top" width="53%"> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="20%">1847-48</td> <td valign="top" width="25%">World wide</td> <td valign="top" width="21%">Influenza</td> <td valign="top" width="53%"> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="20%">1848-49</td> <td valign="top" width="25%">North America</td> <td valign="top" width="21%">Cholera</td> <td valign="top" width="53%"> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="20%">1849</td> <td valign="top" width="25%">NYC</td> <td valign="top" width="21%">Cholera</td> <td valign="top" width="53%">Over 4,000 dead in NYC during 1848</td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="20%">1850</td> <td valign="top" width="25%">USA</td> <td valign="top" width="21%">Yellow Fever</td> <td valign="top" width="53%"> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="20%">1850-51</td> <td valign="top" width="25%">North America</td> <td valign="top" width="21%">Influenza</td> <td valign="top" width="53%"> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="20%">1851</td> <td valign="top" width="25%">Coles Co IL</td> <td valign="top" width="21%">Cholera</td> <td valign="top" width="53%"> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="20%">1851</td> <td valign="top" width="25%">The Great Plains</td> <td valign="top" width="21%">Cholera</td> <td valign="top" width="53%"> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="20%">1851</td> <td valign="top" width="25%">MO</td> <td valign="top" width="21%">Cholera</td> <td valign="top" width="53%"> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="20%">1852-53</td> <td valign="top" width="25%">USA</td> <td valign="top" width="21%">Yellow Fever</td> <td valign="top" width="53%">Nearly 8,000 die in New Orleans during the summer</td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="20%">1854</td> <td valign="top" width="25%">Corpus Christi TX</td> <td valign="top" width="21%">Yellow Fever</td> <td valign="top" width="53%"> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="20%">1855</td> <td valign="top" width="25%">USA (many parts) </td> <td valign="top" width="21%">Yellow Fever</td> <td valign="top" width="53%"> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="20%">1857-59</td> <td valign="top" width="25%">World wide</td> <td valign="top" width="21%">Influenza (one of disease's greatest epidemics)</td> <td valign="top" width="53%"> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="20%">1860-61</td> <td valign="top" width="25%">PA</td> <td valign="top" width="21%">Smallpox</td> <td valign="top" width="53%"> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="20%">1862-63</td> <td valign="top" width="25%">Southern California</td> <td valign="top" width="21%">Smallpox</td> <td valign="top" width="53%">Many Native American Indians and Mexicans died; San Diego Historical Society tells the tale of fear.</td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="20%">1865-73</td> <td valign="top" width="25%">Philadelphia, NY, Boston, New Orleans, Baltimore, Memphis & Washington DC</td> <td valign="top" width="21%">A series of recurring epidemics of Smallpox, Cholera, Typhus, Typhoid, Scarlet Fever and Yellow Fever</td> <td valign="top" width="53%"> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="20%">1873</td> <td valign="top" width="25%">AL</td> <td valign="top" width="21%">Cholera</td> <td valign="top" width="53%">Moved along the railroad lines from Huntsville to Birmingham and Montgomery as these cities industrialized</td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="20%">1867</td> <td valign="top" width="25%">Indianola, Galveston, Corpus Christi TX; New Orleans LA</td> <td valign="top" width="21%">Yellow Fever</td> <td valign="top" width="53%">Over 3,00 perish in New Orleans alone</td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="20%">1873-75</td> <td valign="top" width="25%">North America & Europe</td> <td valign="top" width="21%">Influenza</td> <td valign="top" width="53%"> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="20%">1878</td> <td valign="top" width="25%">New Orleans</td> <td valign="top" width="21%">Yellow Fever</td> <td valign="top" width="53%">Last great epidemic of the disease; over 13,000 die in the Mississippi Valley alone</td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="20%">1878</td> <td valign="top" width="25%">Northern NJ (elsewhere?)</td> <td valign="top" width="21%">Diptheria</td> <td valign="top" width="53%">Occurred in the Spring.</td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="20%">1883</td> <td valign="top" width="25%">AL</td> <td valign="top" width="21%">Yellow Fever</td> <td valign="top" width="53%"> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="20%">1885</td> <td valign="top" width="25%">Plymouth PA</td> <td valign="top" width="21%">Typhoid</td> <td valign="top" width="53%"> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="20%">1886</td> <td valign="top" width="25%">Jacksonville FL</td> <td valign="top" width="21%">Yellow Fever</td> <td valign="top" width="53%"> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="20%">1895</td> <td valign="top" width="25%">Washington DC</td> <td valign="top" width="21%">Malaria</td> <td valign="top" width="53%"> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="20%">1898</td> <td valign="top" width="25%">Cuba</td> <td valign="top" width="21%">Yellow Fever</td> <td valign="top" width="53%">Spanish-American War; the disease took over 5,000 soldiers (only 968 died in combat!) in just July & August</td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="20%">1916</td> <td valign="top" width="25%">USA</td> <td valign="top" width="21%">Polio (infantile paralysis)</td> <td valign="top" width="53%">Over 7,000 deaths and more than 27,000 cases reported in America's worst polio epidemic</td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="20%">1918</td> <td valign="top" width="25%">World wide</td> <td valign="top" width="21%">Spanish Influenza
    (1918 was the high point year)</td> <td valign="top" width="53%">More people hospitalized in WWI from Influenza than wounds. US Army training camps became death camps with 80% death rate in some camps.</td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="20%">1941</td> <td valign="top" width="25%">Australia</td> <td valign="top" width="21%">Rubella (German Measles)</td> <td valign="top" width="53%">This disease was once considered one of the least troublesome childhood diseases.</td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="20%">1952</td> <td valign="top" width="25%">USA</td> <td valign="top" width="21%">Polio</td> <td valign="top" width="53%">3,300 dead and over 57,000 cases reported</td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="20%">1962-65</td> <td valign="top" width="25%">World wide</td> <td valign="top" width="21%">Rubella (German Measles)</td> <td valign="top" width="53%">Affected as many as 12.5 million causing deafness, blindness; approximately 30,000 babies in USA alone due to maternal rubella</td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="20%">1981-Present</td> <td valign="top" width="25%">World wide</td> <td valign="top" width="21%">AIDS/HIV</td> <td valign="top" width="53%">This pandemic is now known to have "jumped" from monkeys to humans several times before but died out; this time, however, transportation and unsafe sexual practices helped the disease to spread </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="20%">1989-1991</td> <td valign="top" width="25%">MD first, later all USA</td> <td valign="top" width="21%">Measles</td> <td valign="top" width="53%"> </td> </tr> </tbody></table>
    <hr color="#000000" size="4" width="90%"> Other Crisis

    <table style="border-collapse: collapse;" border="0" bordercolor="#111111" cellpadding="2" cellspacing="0" width="100%"><tbody><tr> <td bgcolor="#c0c0c0" valign="top" width="20%">Period</td> <td bgcolor="#c0c0c0" valign="top" width="25%">Location</td> <td bgcolor="#c0c0c0" valign="top" width="30%">Crisis</td> <td bgcolor="#c0c0c0" valign="top" width="44%">Notes</td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="20%">1846-1850</td> <td valign="top" width="25%">Ireland</td> <td valign="top" width="30%">Potato Famine</td> <td valign="top" width="44%">A fungus infected the potato crop, the mainstay of the diet of the lower classes at that time.</td></tr></tbody></table>

  • #2
    Re: ~ Epidemic Timeline ~

    Question - how could they know it was influenza before 1918?

    They didn't even know what that was at the beginning of the 1918 Pandemic.

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    • #3
      Re: ~ Epidemic Timeline ~

      This list and its subsequent denomination was done retrospectively in light of symptoms and actual knowledge.

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      • #4
        Re: ~ Epidemic Timeline ~

        Its missing 1957 - Influenza and 1968 - Influenza

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        • #5
          Re: ~ Epidemic Timeline ~

          ANOTHER LIST:

          List of epidemics

          From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

          This is a list of major epidemics.

          Contents
          1 Worldwide Pandemics
          2 Regional
          2.1 Asia
          2.2 Central and South America
          2.3 Egypt
          2.4 North America


          Worldwide Pandemics

          165-180: Antonine Plague, perhaps smallpox
          541: the Plague of Justinian
          1300s: the Black Death
          1501-1587: typhus
          1732-1733: influenza
          1775-1776: influenza
          1816-1826: cholera
          1829-1851: cholera
          1847-1848: influenza
          1852-1860: cholera
          1855-1950s: bubonic plague: Third Pandemic
          1857-1859: influenza
          1863-1875: cholera
          1889-1892: influenza
          1899-1923: cholera
          1918: avian flu: Spanish flu: more people were hospitalized in World War I from this epidemic than wounds.
          Estimates of the dead range from 50 to 100 million worldwide
          1959-present: AIDS
          1960s: cholera called El Tor

          Regional

          Asia
          1957-1958: avian flu: Asian flu
          1968-1969: avian flu: Hong Kong flu
          1997: avian flu - China, Hong Kong
          2002-2003: SARS

          Central and South America
          1493: influenza - Hispaniola
          1518: smallpox - Hispaniola
          1520: smallpox - Mexico
          1527-1530: smallpox - Peru
          1530-1531: measles - Mexico, Peru
          1546: typhus - Mexico, Peru
          1558-1559: influenza - Mexico, Peru
          early 1600s: malaria
          1648: yellow fever

          Egypt
          1801: plague
          1831: cholera
          1834-1836: plague
          1848, 1865, 1881: cholera
          1902: cholera
          1942-1944: falciparum malaria
          1946: relapsing fever
          1947: cholera

          North America
          1657: measles - Boston, Massachusetts
          1687: measles - Boston, Massachusetts
          1690: yellow fever - New York, New York
          1713: measles - Boston, Massachusetts
          1721-1722:smallpox - Boston, Massachusetts
          1729: measles - Boston, Massachusetts
          1738: smallpox - South Carolina
          1739-1740: measles - Boston, Massachusetts
          1747: measles - Connecticut, New York, Pennsylvania, South Carolina
          1759: measles - North America
          1761: influenza - North America and West Indies
          1772: measles - North America
          1775: unknown cause - North America, particularly in the northeast
          1783: bilious disorder - Dover, Delaware
          1788: measles - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and New York
          1793: influenza and "putrid fever" - Vermont
          1793: influenza - Virginia
          1793: yellow fever - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
          1793: unknown - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
          1793: unknown - Middletown, Pennsylvania
          1794: yellow fever - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
          1796-1797: yellow fever - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
          1798: yellow fever - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
          1803: yellow fever - New York
          1820-1823: fever - United States spreading from the Schuylkill River
          1831-1832: Asiatic cholera - United States (brought by English immigrants)
          1832: cholera - New York City and other major cities
          1833: cholera - Columbus, Ohio
          1834: cholera - New York City
          1837: typhus - Philadelphia
          1841: yellow fever - United States (especially severe in the South)
          1847: yellow fever New Orleans
          1848-1849: cholera - North America
          1849: cholera New York
          1850: yellow fever - United States
          1850-1851: influenza - North America
          1851: cholera Coles County, Illinois, The Great Plains, and Missouri
          1852: yellow fever - United States (New Orleans-8,000 die in summer)
          1855: yellow fever - United States
          1860-1861: smallpox - Pennsylvania
          1865-1873: smallpox - Philadelphia, New York City, Boston, New Orleans
          1865-1873: cholera - Baltimore, Maryland, Memphis, Washington, DC
          1865-1873: recurring epidemics of typhus, typhoid, scarlet fever, and yellow fever
          1873-1875: influenza - North America and Europe
          1876: smallpox - Deadwood, South Dakota
          1878: yellow fever - Memphis, New Orleans
          1885: typhoid - Plymouth, Pennsylvania
          1886: yellow fever - Jacksonville, Florida

          http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_epidemics

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