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Diseases During Civil War

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Common Diseases
During the civil war there were a lot of diseases amongst them were:
Dysentery
Typhoid
Scurvy
Smallpox
Malaria
Yellow fever
Tuberculosis
Characteristics:
Dysentery:
Severe diarrhea, mucus & blood
Typhoid:
High fever,headache and rash
Scurvy:
Falling of teeth, bleeding & shortness of breath
Smallpox:
High fever, headache & vomiting
Malaria:
Headaches, nausea, vomiting & diarrhea

Yellow fever:
Headaches, muscle aches fever & lost of appetite.
Tuberculosis:
Fever, blood coughing, weight loss & continuous fatigue.

Causes:
Dysentery:
Bacteria or protozoan.
Typhoid:
Salmonella bacteria
Scurvy:
Lack of vitamin c
Smallpox:
Variola virus
Malaria:
A Mosquito with the Plasmodium parasite
Yellow fever:
A Mosquito infected with Flavivirus
Tuberculosis:
When an infected person sneezes or coughs
The main ways that the diseases spread was through :
poor hygiene
garbage in camps
overcrowding
exposure to all type of weather
bugs
lack of surgeons
Treatments:
At the time there was a lack of knowledge in the medicine field which led to more sicknesses instead of treatments.
Deaths:
In total approximately 620,000 soldiers died, of all the deaths two thirds were cause by diseases.
Dysentery, of all the diseases was the responsible for 45,000 deaths in the union army and 50,000 in the confederate army.
1 out of 3 people who got Typhoid died from it.
Diseases During Civil War
By: Anna Guzman, Diego Montoya & Federico Gómez
Spreading:
Doctors would use tools that weren't sterile in multiple patients without realizing that could make it worst.
Other doctors infected patients by passing puss from one to the other.
They also gave patients mercury and chalk as a cure not knowing the mercury was poisonous
Bibliography:
"Civil War Diseases." civilwar academy. 24 February 2016. Web. 29 February 2016
Dixon, Ina. "Civil War Medicine." civilwar.org. 29 October 2013. Web. 29 February 2016
"Civil War Medicine." civilwar academy. 24 February 2016. Web. 29 February 2016
Hamidullah, Intisar K. "The impact of Disease on the Civil War." teachers.yale.edu. N/A. Web. 29 February 2016.
http://www.civilwar.org/education/pdfs/civil-was-curriculum-medicine.pdf
Goellnitz, Jenny. "Civil War Medicine: An Overview of Medicine." ehistory.osu.edu. N/A. Web. 1 March 2016
Scurvy
Dysentery
Smallpox
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