Ithaca’s Severe Typhoid Visitation

Issue 25 and Volume 68.

Ithaca’s Severe Typhoid Visitation In the winter of 1903 Ithaca, N. Y., the seat of Cornell University, having at that time a population of 13,156, was visited by a severe typhoid epidemic in the course of which 1,350 cases of typhoid fever occurred and 82 deaths. More than 500 homes were visited by the disease. Hundreds of the students at Cornell University left town, some of them ill with typhoid fever, scattering the disease elsewhere, and, in fact, a secondary outbreak due to this epidemic resulted from the infection of a well producing 50 cases of typhoid fever and five deaths. The water supplies which became contaminated were taken from small reservoirs on streams of considerable size, known respectively as Six-Mile Creek and Buttermilk Creek. At the time of the epidemic a new dam was being constructed on Six-Mile Creek above the water works intake, and one theory advanced as…

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