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9 Gruesome Things That Were Perfectly Normal a Century Ago

Bubonic plague was still around

The bubonic plague, also known as the Black Death, ravaged Europe in the 14th century and killed almost one-third of its population. While many thought it was a thing of the past, especially with the discovery of antibiotics, the bubonic plague re-emerged in the United States in 1920 and infected more than 1,000 people, according to Scientific American.

The plague was transmitted by flea bites, especially fleas carried by rats, like the ones swarming on the steamships heading for San Francisco in 1900. It was actually in San Francisco’s Chinatown where the first bubonic plague cases were reported. The authorities in California tried to conceal the outbreak, “in collaboration of the surgeon general of the United States” but haven’t stopped the plague from claiming the lives of at least 172 people. In 1920, the city of Galveston, Texas, reported another outbreak. This time, however, the city officials discovered the source of the plague, namely rats, and initiated a massive rat removal campaign before things got out of hand.

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4 thoughts on “9 Gruesome Things That Were Perfectly Normal a Century Ago”

  1. China does that (child work abuse) TODAY and the Democratic Party, Entertainment Industry and Professional Sports ALLOW it to happen.

  2. Not sure we have improved much, drug use increased, killing fetus started, killing thousands of potential babies,
    alcohol use way up, highway deaths way up, now we have a pandemic killing thousands, wars killed thousands,
    world bad health and poor at all time high. R. Conn