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QAHN's "Heritage Talks" Lecture Series presents "Spotted Fever: An Epidemic in 19th Century New England and Quebec," by Grant Myers

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Friday, April 13, 2018
7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Uplands Heritage and Cultural Centre
9 Speid Street, Sherbrooke (Lennoxville)

Spotted Fever: An Epidemic in 19th Century New England and Quebec
by Grant Myers, vice-president, Quebec Anglophone Heritage Network

In late December 1814, Timothy and Sarah Rose of Stanstead County lost five children to a mysterious illness known only as “The Spotted Fever.” The personal tragedy experienced by this early pioneer family was part of much wider epidemic that ravaged communities throughout New England and southern Quebec during the first two decades of the 19th century. What was the cause of this deadly disease? Where did it come from? Hindsight shows us that sudden, unforeseeable threats to human health may arise when pathogens originating in one part of the world are carried by their human hosts into distant lands along trade or migration routes. As contact between Europe and North American increased, so did opportunities for disease to spread from the Old World to the New. Knowledge of the existence of germs and their role in contagion was still decades away. With reference to contemporary accounts, Grant Myers will explore the nature and identity of Spotted Fever and discuss the various factors that fueled the disease’s outbreak and its northern expansion up the Connecticut River valley into the Eastern Townships of Quebec.

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