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Diseases in WW1

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matthew adamo

on 16 October 2014

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Diseases in WW1
By: Matthew Adamo
Diseases were a big problem in WW1 due to the fact that there was little medicine and medical knowledge. Diseases such as influenza, typhoid, trench foot, trench fever, malaria and diabetes were present during the war.
Caused by exposure to wet and damp conditions.
It can take about 3-6 months to fully recover
It was bad for soldiers because it delayed them to fight in the war.
Trench Foot
Resulted in high fever, severe headaches and serious back and leg pains
Had to be sent away from the trenches to recover which took about a month because it was highly contagious
Recovery took a couple of months
Trench Fever
Deadly disease in WW1
It was one of the worst ones because once you get this disease your body cannot take and food or water.
Bad hygiene and filthy flies were the main causes for this disease.
Diseases had a big influence on the war, killing many people and affecting many different countries due to the high death rate during this time. Over 2 million died on the battlefield from diseases and many more worldwide because of it.
End Result
Killed over 15 million people during the war
Symptoms were headaches, sore throats, loss of appetite and blood poisoning
Took around 3 days for the disease to kill you once infected.
Diabetes showed up in World War One, which was 15 years before insulin was discovered.
Soldiers had to live on strict diets
Severe diabetics had a short lifetime and were under a restricted diet before they died
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Began to spread within the population as well as the military
412 000 soldiers had malaria
20 000 died from it
Couldn't be prevented because of the long war and lack of medicine used to treat it
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