Landmark Epidemics You’ve Never Heard Of

The Black Death and the Spanish flu may be the most famous epidemics—but have you heard of the Vatican malaria outbreak of 1623? Or the 1875 Fijian measles outbreak that killed 40,000?
 
Such lesser-known outbreaks changed the course of history and public health—sometimes for the better.
 
The 19th century cholera epidemic killed some 1 million people. It also led to research uncovering the cause of the disease, and shifted how diseases are diagnosed and treated. In 1994, salmonella swept the US via Schwan’s ice cream. But in the process, the brand’s swift recall of the offending product became a master class in damage control.
 
Mental Floss

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