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Scarlet fever, 1866

Scarlet fever, 1866

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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Christine Dann, 'Sewage, water and waste - Dirt and disease', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 7 July 2022)

Story by Christine Dann, published 11 Mar 2010