The Grey River Argus describes an outbreak of scarlet fever (a contagious bacterial infection) at Waikouaiti, north of Dunedin, in 1866. A fever hospital was built on Dunedin’s town belt reserve in 1876 in response to repeated outbreaks.
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Reference: Grey River Argus, 22 December 1866, p. 3
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