Diseases in Manila
An epidemic is a widespread occurrence of an infectious disease in a community at a particular time. In the history of Manila, one of the most deadly was the diseases known as Smallpox and Cholera. Smallpox is caused by viruses, while cholera is caused by bacteria from dirty water.
Sanitation and vaccination are very important in preventing disease. However, during the Spanish colonial era, this was not yet understood, and vaccines were not yet invented. As a result, many people died.
We are very lucky to live in our modern world where clean drinking water is available in our fridges, and vaccines are easy to get for kids. When did you last drink a glass of water? To be healthy, make sure to drink clean water regularly!
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