DISEASES OF THE COLOMBIAN EXCHANGE
What Happened and How
-Huge numbers of people living in the Americas died from diseases when Europeans started coming over. It is said that this is because of the immune systems of the Americans, who had not been in contact with European diseases before. Why did the same thing not happen in reverse? Why weren't 90% of some European settlements wiped out from an unfamiliar American disease?
This was because it was before people found out about penicillin, antisepsis, and germ theory which meant that people could get diseases at any point.
Some examples of People who had these diseases
SmallPox- caused by either of two virus variants, Variola major.
Typhus-The name comes from the Greek typhos meaning smoky or hazy.
Measles- is an infection of the respiratory system
Diphtheria- Diphtheria is a contagious disease spread by direct physical contact.
So we can see that most of the diseases in the Columbian Exchange were those that were transferred from Europeans to the Columbians.
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