Pandemics and other epidemics

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The Australian Government Health Department – History of Pandemics outlines the global pandemics that were experienced in our Gympie region:

1918-1919:  Spanish Flu

GT 24 Jun 1919 - Advertisement, Walsh's Pharmacy, avoid the flu
The Gympie Times, 24 June 1919 – Advertisement for flu prevention supplies

National Library of Australia – ‘Masks, Soap and Courage’: Oral Histories from the Influenza Pandemic

National Museum of Australia – Defining moments of the Spanish Flu

1957-1958:  Asian Flu

1968-1970:  Hong Kong Flu

2009:  Human, Swine, Avian flu

2020:  Coronavirus COVID-19


Other Epidemics:

Typhoid (also known as Enteric Fever)

Typhoid infections were caused by a range of bacterias and led to serious illness including deaths. A particular outbreak occured in 1938 in the Amamoor district.

On 6 March 1938, it was reported there was a mild outbreak in Amamoor with two definite cases of Typhoid and three more cases under observation.

Notices in the Gympie Times advised on sanitation measures and active precautions such as:

  • boiling of water intended for domestic use
  • sanitation and anti-fly measures
  • swimming in Amamoor Creek has been forbidden
  • to prevent further spread all cases must see a doctor immediately
  • occupants of houses which suspicious cases have been removed must isolate themselves until a clearance is given

The Gympie Times, 5 March 1938

GT 19 March 1938 - Immunisation against typhoid fever
The Gympie Times, 19 March 1938