Lecture Three , Sherman Chapter 3 and 4
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HLTA031H3 : Plagues and People
Tuesday, May 17 2011
T.A contact information Updated for Q-Z : Sera
8am to 1 pm for tutorial activities : Disease Ecology . One time ONLY
Plagues of Antiquity:
•5000 Bc to 500 AD
•Characterised by parasits with long lived
transmission stages such as egg to larvae ..
•In order for them to be transmitted it had to
be Person to Person contact ; because pop was
The Pharoh’s Plague
•Nile Valley of Egypt : because of agriculture
and irrigation (P 44-53)
•Allowed parasites to live there . Still
prevelant in society
•Snail fever/blood fluke disease/endemic
•Transmission stages : microscopic eggs ,
adult worms live in blood vessels of humans , clog
them and cause harm to humans. (Through the skin)
•In terms of exposure , it occurred in Europe
•Estimated 200 million people get effected ,
and 1 million deaths (occurs wherever there is
Plague Of Athens
•Refer to p 53-56
•Rested heavily on trees in wine
•Greek ; they took on shipping and
commercial transactions ; navy and ships.
•SPURTA and ATHENS 1200 BCE.
•War 431 BCE and it lasted for 27 years; the
outcome was the plague.
•Spurta was stronger on land , and Athenians
stronger on water.
•Athenians defeated and they were blamed.
( Pericles died because of the plague)
•idea what caused it.
The Roman Fever
•Malaria is the cause behind roman fever
• They thought that malaria , was because of
•Epidemic of 5-8 years
•It reduced life expectancy
The Antonine Plague
•Named after Roman Emperor (166 AD)
• Thirst , Diarreah ,
•First record of small pox (but not sure )
•2000 deaths a day from small pox in Rome.
(very contagious )
The Cyprian Plague
•Huge impact on human 250 AD
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