Eyam - consequences and significane

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  • Eyam ~ 1665-66, Consequence and Significance.
    • Human Cost
      • Plague ended in October 1666, over 14 months killed 260 out of 800.
      • Exceeded the percentage who died of Plague in London 1665.
      • Mompesson said that 76 families were affected by the plague.
      • Farm of Riley, Mrs Hancock buried her husband and six kids in space of 8 days.
    • Human Cost Case Studies.
      • Thorpe Family - 9 people in the house, all died.
      • Blackwell Family - Margaret was the sole survivor, her husband and children died early 1666. She caught plague but pulled through.
    • Christmas 1666
      • Plague had died out and life going back to normal. Quarantine lifted and those who fled returned. A great burning took place.
      • Effect - sharp fall in population after 1666, sharp rise 1667-70. After 1970, steady but slow rise by 1700 figure below what it was in 1665.
      • Mortality rate 1665-66 extremely high. 47 parishes in London during great plague had ratio of 5:9, Eyam had 10:2.
      • Eyam Parish Registers no of baptisms sharp decline after 1666.
      • Immediate impact of economy - farms empty, land uncultivated, businesses unfilled. Vacancies took many years to fill.
    • Significance
      • Doctors realised use of quarantine zone could prevent spread. Method commonly used today in farming world to limit spread of things like foot and mouth.
      • Not until 19th century and Florence Nightingale that patients in hospital with infectious diseases were isolated in particular wards.
      • Doctors became aware that methods could be adopted to reduce risk of contamination.
      • Eyam also attempted to limit the spread of disease by quick body disposal of infected bodies close to immediate area of death. Limited risk of spreading disease - used in Africa with Ebola.
      • Eyam, Mompesson ordered burning of contaminated items, during 19th century this taken stage further through developments in improving hygiene and sterilisation of equipment and medical clothing.


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