Military plague control in India, 1890s

Military plague control in India, 1890s

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Caption: Military plague control in India. Military search party in Bombay (Mumbai), India, in the 1890s, about to start house-to-house searches for victims of a plague outbreak. The soldiers are being directed by a justice of the peace (lower left). The Bombay bubonic plague epidemic started in September 1896, with tens of thousands killed over the following year. Control methods included quarantine areas and forced evacuation of parts of the city. Bubonic plague, caused by the bacterium Yersinia pestis, is spread by fleas on rats. Infection is rapid, causing swollen lymph nodes, and leading to septicaemia, pulmonary infection and often death.

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