Major U.S. Epidemics



1793
Philadelphia: more than 4,000 residents died from yellow fever.
1832
July–Aug., New York City: over 3,000 people killed in a cholera epidemic.
Oct., New Orleans: cholera took the lives of 4,340 people.
1848
New York City: more than 5,000 deaths caused by cholera.
1853
New Orleans: yellow fever killed 7,790.
1867
New Orleans: 3,093 perished from yellow fever.
1878
Southern states: over 13,000 people died from yellow fever in lower Mississippi Valley.
1916
Nationwide: over 7,000 deaths occurred and 27,363 cases were reported of polio (infantile paralysis) in America's worst polio epidemic.
1918
March–Nov., nationwide: outbreak of Spanish influenza killed over 500,000 people in the worst single U.S. epidemic.
1949
Nationwide: 2,720 deaths occurred from polio, and 42,173 cases were reported.
1952
Nationwide: polio killed 3,300; 57,628 cases reported.
1981–Dec. 2005:
Total estimated U.S. AIDS cases: 988,376; total estimated AIDS deaths: 550,394 (Centers for Disease Control).
2009
In April, H1N1, also known as Swine Flu, breaks out and quickly spreads to more than 70 countries. The Centers for Disease Control reports that between April and October, 22 million Americans had contracted the virus, 98,000 required hospitalization, and about 3,900 people died from H1N1-related causes.

Information Please® Database, © 2007 Pearson Education, Inc. All rights reserved.

Earthquakes and Volcanic EruptionsDisastersFloods, Avalanches, and Tidal Waves