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During the Victorian Era there were massive waves of contagious disease The first was from 1831 to 1833 which included two influenza epidemics and the initial appearance of cholera The second was from 1836 to 1842 which encompassed major epidemics of influenza typhus typhoid and cholera The first outbreak of Asiatic cholera in Britain was at Sunderland on the Durham coast during the autumn of 1831 From there the disease made its way northward into Scotland and southward toward London From its point of origin Bengal it had taken five years for the disease to cross Europe Whine it finally reached Durham British doctors were well aware of its nature but not of its cause The progress of the illness in a cholera victim was frightening Major symptoms included diarrhea that increased in intensity and became accompanied by painful retching thirst and dehydration severe pain in the limbs stomach and abdominal muscles a change in skin hue to a sort of bluish-gray This illness terrified doctors as well as ordinary citizens Cholera subsided as enigmatically as it had flourished but in the meantime another illness took its place Following a particularly rainy spring Britain was visited by the first of eight serious influenza epidemics within a period of sixteen years In those days the disease was often fatal and even when it did not kill it left its victims weakened in their defenses against other diseases Burials in London doubled during the first week of the 1833 outbreak In one two-week period they quadrupled While cholera was found to have spread through water effecting mainly the poorer neighborhoods influenza was limited by no economic or geographic boundaries Large numbers of public officials died from it as did many theater people At that time the term fever encompassed a number of different diseases including cholera and influenza In the 1830s the new fever typhus was isolated During its worst outbreak in 1837-38 most of the
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