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The World Plague Epidemic of the 1890s

James C. Mohr

in Plague and Fire

Published in print December 2004 | ISBN: 9780195162318
Published online September 2007 | e-ISBN: 9780199788910 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195162318.003.0002
 The World Plague Epidemic of the 1890s

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The bubonic plague pandemic of the 1890s originated in south-central China and spread through the rest of Asia and around the world along accelerated trade routes. Using the new science of bacteriology, Kitasato and Yersin identified the pestis bacillus in Hong Kong. In Honolulu, a rapidly growing center of world trade, public health officials implemented policies designed to prevent the entry of plague.

Keywords: bubonic plague; China; Hong Kong; bacteriology; Kitasato; Yersin; Honolulu; pandemic

Chapter.  3853 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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