The 12 Biggest Disease Outbreaks That Changed U.S. History

1993: Contaminated water in Milwaukee

The largest waterborne disease outbreak in documented United States history occurred in Milwaukee, when two water treatment plants became contaminated with cryptosporidium, a parasitic disease that causes dehydration, fever, stomach cramps, and diarrhea. After drinking the contaminated water, around 403, 000 people felt sick and over 100 people died.

How it ended: Most people managed to get better on their own. The one who died also had immune system problems which contributed to their demise.

Present: State-of-art water filtration system facilitated the eradication of the disease. However, around 750,000 cases of cryptosporidium contamination still occur every year. Make sure you take care of your personal hygiene, particularly if camping, because cryptosporidium can spread through soil, food, water, or contact with infected feces

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  1. Sharon Shapiro

    Lucky a vaccine,or treatment was found for those illnesses,nothing as yet for this most dangerous Covid-19,so many have died or gone through a long illnes with dire consiquenses…..this is the worse pandemic of all.