Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Quarantine on Gallop's Island

Over 11,00 people were quarantined on Gallop's Island from the Civil War until just prior to World War II. The vast majority of those who were held on this desolate island were held in a quarantine of observation - reflecting the fear that they carried disease and were held for a precautionary measure. Typhus fever was the most common disease that triggered quarantine followed by smallpox and measles. Typhus fever outbreaks in the early 20th century accounted for virtually all of the mass quarantines imposed in Boston harbor.

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