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Diseases in concentration camps
Transcript of Diseases in concentration camps
What types of diseases were in concentration camps and how did they affect people?
Diseases included typhus, typhoid fever, tuberculosis, and dysentery. Typhus is a disease spread by lice or fleas. Death may have occurred to 10-60% of people who had the illness. The percentage of death was much higher due to lack of hygiene, cures, and bad conditions. Typhoid fever is a disease spread through dirty water supply. It is a type of fever that is very hard to get rid of. The fatality rate of Typhoid fever was 20%. Tuberculosis is a disease that spreads in the air ,and you have to breathe it in to get the disease. Tuberculosis can cause pneumonia.
There were no working sewer systems, so wastes were distributed everywhere. The prisoners had few to no showers. There was a lack of freshwater so they couldn't bathe themselves or wash their hands. Diseases spread more frequently because there was low quality food or starvation that weakened the immunity system. There was overcrowding and close contact between prisoners so they could catch diseases easily.
Other types of illnesses
There were mental disorders that sprang up among the prisoners such as severe depression, panic, and delusional disorders. Most prisoners would usually commit suicide because of mental disorders, or loss of loved ones. They had severe anxiety and post traumatic stress disorders.
One of the main causes of people dying in concentration camps were diseases. Diseases included typhus, typhoid fever, tuberculosis, and dysentery. Prisoners also had mental conditions such as severe depression, panic, and delusional disorders. Disease spread frequently because the prisoners were weak and not well cared for.
By John Menszer
State Affiliate of the National Endowment
April 10th 2014
How did the bad conditions in concentration
camps contribute to the spread of disease?
The negative conditions in the concentration camps contributed to the spread of disease greatly. Disease spread quickly because there were few to no cures for them, starvation, lack of fresh water, and overcrowding. The prisoners had no spare clothes and weren't very clean.
How did the diseases in concentration camps spread?
Disease During the Holocaust
By Josh P
Written March 12th, 2009
April 7th 2014
The Treatment of Soviet POWS
By United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, DC
Written June 10th, 2013
Many of the prisoners in concentration camps died of disease and were worked hard. The prisoners had weak immune systems to prevent them from getting disease so disease spread more frequently. They spread more easily because of the horrible conditions in the camps.