"Not plague resistant houses"
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Unknown author "Not plague resistant houses" [digital image]. https://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/285209
Plague was first recognised in Java in 1911 and established itself as a rural, endemic disease in both the bubonic and pneumonic form. Of key importance for the spread of the disease, Dutch scientists believed, was the role of the traditional Javanese house. Having discovered rat cadavers and nests hidden within the hollow bamboos used in house construction, “home improvement” was adopted as the principal plague control strategy for over three decades. While this intervention in Java’s built environment was hailed as a success, the process was time consuming and gradually abandoned in favour of vaccination following the development of the “Otten vaccine” in the 1930s. Minor outbreaks occurred in the second half of the twentieth century.
Plague, Rat Proofing, House, Indonesia, Java
Host Item: https://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11840/204931
The database “Photographs of the Third Plague Pandemic” was funded by an European Research Council Starting Grant (under the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme/ERC grant agreement no 336564) for the project Visual Representations of the Third Plague Pandemic, led by Dr Christos Lynteris (PI) at the Centre for Research in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (CRASSH) of the University of Cambridge (2018-2019). The project would like to thank its postdoctoral researchers, Drs Lukas Engelmann, Nicholas H. A. Evans, Maurits Meerwijk, Branwyn Poleykett and Abhjit Sarkar, and its administrators Mss Teresa Abaurrea, Emma Hacking and Samantha Peel for their contribution to this database.
This record's DOI: https://doi.org/10.17863/CAM.32579
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