1826–1837 cholera pandemic

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1826–1837 cholera pandemic is the second of the seven cholera pandemics that occurred in the 19th and 20th centuries, which resulted in millions of deaths. This pandemic originated in India and spread across Asia, Europe, and North America.

Etymology[edit | edit source]

The term "cholera" is derived from the Greek word "kholera," which means "flow of bile." The disease was named for its characteristic symptom of severe diarrhea.

Origins[edit | edit source]

The 1826–1837 cholera pandemic began in the Bengal region of India, near the city of Calcutta. From there, it spread to the rest of India and then to other countries in Asia, including China and Japan. The pandemic also reached Europe, affecting countries such as Russia, Germany, and England, and eventually spread to North America.

Symptoms and Transmission[edit | edit source]

Cholera is characterized by severe diarrhea, vomiting, and dehydration. It is transmitted through contaminated water or food, often in areas with poor sanitation.

Impact[edit | edit source]

The 1826–1837 cholera pandemic had a significant impact on the affected countries. It caused a high number of deaths and led to widespread fear and panic. The pandemic also had long-term effects on public health policies and practices, leading to improvements in sanitation and water supply systems in many countries.

Related Terms[edit | edit source]

  • Pandemic: An outbreak of a disease that occurs over a wide geographic area and affects an exceptionally high proportion of the population.
  • Epidemic: A widespread occurrence of an infectious disease in a community at a particular time.
  • Endemic: The constant presence and/or usual prevalence of a disease or infectious agent in a population within a geographic area.
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