Natural and Man-Made Disasters
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; worst epidemic since 1916.
1981: Dec. 2004 Total estimated U.S. AIDS cases: 944,306; total estimated AIDS deaths: 529,113 (Centers for Disease Control); 2005 total world AIDS cases: 40.3 million.
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