A look back

As medicine advances, there are fewer infectious disease outbreaks, or epidemics. An epidemic is when an infectious disease spreads within a community or area during a specific time period. Learn about the biggest outbreaks to spread across the United States, and where we are now.

1633-1634: Smallpox from European settlers

Smallpox came to North America in the 1600s. People had symptoms of high fever, chills, severe back pain, and rashes. Starting from the Northeast, smallpox wiped out entire Native American tribes. Over 70 percent of the Native American population dropped. In 1721, 844 of the 5,889 Bostonians who had smallpox died from it.

End: In 1770, Edward Jenner developed a vaccine from cow pox. It helps the body become immune to smallpox without causing the disease.

Now: After a large vaccination initiative in 1972, smallpox is gone from the United States. In fact, vaccines are no longer necessary.

1793: Yellow fever from the Caribbean


Philadelphia was once the nation’s capital and its busiest port. One humid summer, refugees leaving a yellow fever epidemic in the Caribbean Islands sailed in, carrying the virus with them. Yellow fever causes yellowing of the skin, fever, and bloody vomiting. Five thousand people died, and 17,000 fled the city.

So, was this epidemic limited to Philadelphia??

End: The vaccine was developed and then licensed in 1953. One vaccine is enough for life. It’s mostly recommended for those 9 months and older, especially if you live or travel to high-risk areas. You can find these specific countries at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website.

Now: Mosquitoes are key to how this disease spreads, especially in countries like Central and South America and Africa. Eliminating them has been successful in controlling yellow fever. While yellow fever has no cure, someone who does recover from the illness becomes immune for the rest of their life.

1832-1866: Cholera in three waves


The United States had three serious waves of cholera, an infection of the intestine, between 1832 and 1866. The pandemic began in India, and swiftly spread across the globe through trade routes. New York City was usually the first city to feel the impact. An estimated two to six Americans died per day during the outbreak.

End: It’s unclear what ended the pandemics, but it may have been the change in climate or quarantines. The last documented outbreak in the United States was in 1911. Immediate cholera treatment is crucial, as it can cause death. Treatment includes antibiotics, zinc supplementation, and rehydration.

Now: Cholera still causes nearly 130,000 deaths a year worldwide, according to the CDCTrusted Source. Modern sewage and water treatment have helped eradicated cholera in some countries, but the virus is still present elsewhere.

You can get a vaccine for cholera if you’re planning to travel to areas that are high-risk. The best way to prevent cholera is to wash hands regularly with soap and water, and avoid drinking contaminated water.

1858: Scarlet fever also came in waves


Scarlet fever is a bacterial infection that can occur after strep throat. Like cholera, scarlet fever epidemics came in waves. During the 1858 epidemic, 95 percent of people who caught the virus were children.

No reported deaths from Scarlet Fever??  95 percent of the cases were children, but no numbers of how many were reported???

End: Older studies argue that scarlet fever declined due to improved nutrition, but research shows that improvements in public health were more likely the cause.

Now: There is no vaccine to prevent strep throat or scarlet fever. It’s important for those with strep throat symptoms to seek treatment as quickly as possible. Your doctor will typically treat scarlet fever with antibiotics.

1906-1907: “Typhoid Mary”


One of the biggest typhoid fever epidemics of all time broke out between 1906 and 1907 in New York. Mary Mallon, often referred to as “Typhoid Mary,” spread the virus to about 122 New Yorkers during her time as a cook on an estate and in a hospital unit. About five of those 122 New Yorkers passed away from the virus. Annually, 10,771 people passed away from typhoid fever.

So this epidemic was limited to NEW YORK?  Probably due to immigration again. 

Medical testing showed that Mallon was a healthy carrier for typhoid fever. Typhoid fever causes sickness and red spots to form on the chest and abdomen.

End: A vaccine was developed in 1911, and an antibiotic treatment for typhoid fever became available in 1948.

Now: Today typhoid fever is rare. But it can spread through direct contact with infected people, as well as consumption of contaminated food or water.

1918: “Spanish flu”


This mutating influenza virus actually doesn’t come from Spain. It circulates the globe annually, but seriously affected the United States in 1918. The flu would return later in 1957 as the “Asian flu” and cause nearly 70,000 deaths before a vaccine became available.

End: After the end of World War I, cases of the flu slowly declined. None of the suggestions provided at the time, from wearing masks to drinking coal oil, were effective cures. Today’s treatments include bed rest, fluids, and antiviral medications.

Now: Influenza strains mutate every year, making last year’s vaccinations less effective. It’s important to get your yearly vaccination to decrease your risk for the flu.

1921-1925: Diphtheria epidemic


Diphtheria peaked in 1921, with 206,000 cases. Diphtheria causes swelling of the mucous membranes, including in your throat, that can obstruct breathing and swallowing. Sometimes a bacterial toxin can enter the bloodstream and cause fatal heart and nerve damage.

End: By the mid-1920s, researchers licensed a vaccine against the bacterial disease. Infection rates plummeted in the United States.

Now: Today more than 80 percent of children in the United States are vaccinated. Those who contract the disease are treated with antibiotics.

1916-1955: The peak of polio


Polio is a viral disease that affects the nervous system, causing paralysis. It spreads through direct contact with people who have the infection. The first major polio epidemic in the United States occurred in 1916 and reached its peak in 1952. Of the 57,628 reported cases, there were 3,145 deaths.

End: Three years later, Dr. Jonas Salk developed a vaccine. By 1962, the average number of cases dropped to 910. The CDCTrusted Source reports that the United States has been polio-free since 1979.

Now: Getting vaccinated is very important before traveling. There’s no cure for polio. Treatment involves increasing comfort levels and preventing complications.

1981-1991: Second measles outbreak


Measles is a virus that causes a fever, runny nose, cough, red eyes, and sore throat, and later a rash that spreads over the whole body. It’s a very contagious disease and can spread through the air. In the early 20th century, most cases involved children, due to inadequate vaccination coverage.

Measles has never been known as a “deadly” disease.  When I was growing up, measles was just considered a regular and inevitable part of childhood.  WE all got it at some point and we all SURVIVED quite easily.  They are uncomfortable but not painful or life threatening.  JUST LIKE CHICKEN POX.  

End: Doctors began to recommend a second vaccine for everyone. Since then, each year has had fewer than 1,000 cases.

Now: The United States experienced another outbreak of measles in 2014 and 2015. The CDC reportsTrusted Source that this outbreak was identical to the measles outbreak in the Philippines in 2014. Be sure to get all the vaccinations your doctor recommends.

CDC updates this page monthly.

In 2019, the medical community and the Globalists were desperate to convince people of the necessity of vaccines.  I am totally convinced that the Measles outbreak was implemented for that purpose.  Even so, I would hardly consider these numbers alarming.  They mostly occurred in New York, where they were trying to force the anti-vaxers in the area, particularly the Jewish Community to submit.  

Measles Cases in 2019

From January 1 to December 31, 2019, 1,282* individual cases of measles were confirmed in 31 states.

  • This is the greatest number of cases reported in the U.S. since 1992. More than 73% of the cases were linked to recent outbreaks in New York. Measles is more likely to spread and cause outbreaks in U.S. communities where groups of people are unvaccinated.
  • The majority of cases were among people who were not vaccinated against measles.
  • Measles can cause serious complications. From January 1 – December 31, 2019, 128 of the people who got measles were hospitalized, and 61 reported having complications, including pneumonia and encephalitis.

States with Reported Measles

2019 ** (as of December 31, 2019)

The states that have reported cases to CDC were Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New Mexico, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Tennessee, Virginia, and Washington.

The states that reported outbreaks were California, Georgia, Illinois, Michigan, New Jersey, New York City, New York State, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Washington.

All measles cases were caused by measles wild-type D8 or B3.

Number of Measles Cases Reported by Year

2010-2019**(as of December 31, 2019)

*Reporting for 2019 began December 30, 2018. Case count is preliminary and subject to change.
**Cases as of December 31, 2019. Case count is preliminary and subject to change. Data are updated monthly.

1993: Contaminated water in Milwaukee

One of Milwaukee’s two water treatment plants became contaminated with cryptosporidium, a parasitic disease that causes dehydration, fever, stomach cramps, and diarrhea. About 403,000 became ill, and more than 100 people died, making it the largest waterborne outbreak in United States history.

End:Most people recovered on their own. Of the people who passed, the majority had compromised immune systems.

Now: Improved water filtrations helped eradicate this disease, but an estimated 748,000 cases of cryptosporidium still occur each year. Cryptosporidium spreads through soil, food, water, or contact with infected feces. Be sure to practice personal hygiene, especially when camping.   

Those numbers just don’t jive.   403,000 was at the peak of the “epidemic”  how then can they say that 748,000 cases a year occur??

2010, 2014: Whooping cough


Pertussis, known as whooping cough, is highly contagious and one of the most commonly occurring diseases in the United States. These coughing attacks can last for months. Infants too young for vaccination have the highest risk for life-threatening cases. Ten infants died during the first outbreak.    

Ten?  Seriously???  Epidemic??  Out of 10,000 cases and only 10 infants died????  How is that an Epidemic??

End: A whooping cough outbreak comes every three to five years. The CDC reportsTrusted Source that an increase in the number of cases will likely be the “new normal.”  

Wait a minute… If they now have a vaccination why are they saying that increased numbers of cases will be the new norm??

Now: The occurrence of the disease is much less than it was. The CDC recommendsTrusted Source that pregnant women get a vaccination during the third trimester to optimize protection at birth.

OK, so their prediction of increased cases turned out to be wrong… So, now they are “encouraging” PREGNANT WOMEN to get vaccinated.  THIS is totally counter productive.  The infant in the womb and for months after birth has a built in immune system.  Shooting pregnant women up with foreign substances during her pregnancy creates unnecessary risk to both the mother and the baby in the womb. 

1980s to present: The leading cause of early death


First documented in 1981, the epidemic we now know as HIV first appeared to be a rare lung infection. Now we know that HIV damages the body’s immune system and compromises its ability to fight off infections. AIDS is the final stage of HIV and the 6th leading cause of death in the United States among people 25 to 44 years old.

HIV may be transmitted sexually or through blood/body fluids from person to person. It can be transmitted from mother to unborn baby if not treated.

Now: While there is no cure for HIV, you can decrease your risk through safety measures like making sure your needles are sterilized and having protected sex. Safety measures can be taken during pregnancy to prevent the disease from being transmitted from an infected mother to child. For emergencies, PEP (post-exposure prophylaxis) is a new antiretroviral medicine that prevents HIV from developing within 72 hours.

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