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Picturing The Past: Quarantine: In The Past, The Only Tool In The Fight Against Infectious Diseases


Last updated 5/25/2020 at 12:22pm

The orders by the County Board of Health was passed on Oct. 14, 1918, to slow the spread of Spanish Influenza in the county.

During the second decade of the 20th century North Carolina enacted a Quarantine Law requiring physicians, parents and teachers to report every case of whooping cough, measles, diphtheria, smallpox, scarlet fever and typhoid fever to the county quarantine officer.

The quarantine officer then sent a yellow placard with the name of the disease to the home to be posted on the front of the house. He also sent instructions for the treatment and control of the patient.

The long-time county health officer, Dr. C.W. Hunt, was Transylvania County's first quarantine officer. He worked diligen...

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