"Medical officers, justices of the peace, search parties and disinfecting staff, ready to start on their work"
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Unknown author "Medical officers, justices of the peace, search parties and disinfecting staff, ready to start on their work" [digital image]. https://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/282523
The plague pandemic spread to British India in 1896 where it continued to strike at cities, towns and villages for 30 years, leading to ten million deaths. The initial outbreak affected Bombay (Mumbai), but soon spread further to Pune and Karachi, reaching Kolkata the following year. Colonial government actions to control and treat the plague outbreak were extensive, but generally ineffective and harsh in the first stages. A campaign of quarantines, isolation camps, travel restrictions, demolition and disinfection of buildings was pursued, leading to massive resistance which forced colonial authorities to revise their epidemic control policy. Several international plague commissions operated in India in the first years of the epidemic, including commissions from Russia, Austria, Germany, Italy and the Institute Pasteur. The latter made a major contribution through Paul-Louis Simond’s discovery of the implication of the rat’s flea in the transmission and spread of the disease. The photographic record of the outbreak in India is international and covers a range of topics, including anti-plague measures, clinical symptoms, and the depiction of plague hospitals.
Plague, Disinfection, Sanitary Staff, Inspection, House, Judiciary, Stretcher, India, Bombay
Host Item: Moss, C., Captain, fl. ca. 1897. The Bombay plague epidemic of 1896-1897: work of the Bombay Plague Committee. Photographs attributed to Capt. C. Moss, 1897
This record's DOI: https://doi.org/10.17863/CAM.29887
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