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A Strange Disease.

It is reported that the inhabitants of fishing villages along the Newfoundland coast are dying by hundreds of an unknown epidemic. Nothing has, so far, proved a cure, nor has any alleviation been found. The disease marches from liouse to house, from victim to victim, with nothing to stay its awful progress. The first reports of the epidemic reached Sfc .John's on August G, by the arrival of a coasting steamer. The captain reported to the health authorities that, while touching at Lapolle, he was informed that a strange epidemic had broken out m Coachman's Cove. The people thought it a virulent type of diphtheria called "black throat." There being no regular physician on the coast, nothing definite is known except that not a single person ao far attacked had recovered. Other peculiar features were that many cases of death ensued m 36 hours after the disease appeared, and putrefaction set m the moment life left the body. The population of Coachman's Cove is but little over 150, yet nearly half that numbe' 1 had died since the first outbreak.

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A Strange Disease., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2521, 18 September 1890

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A Strange Disease. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2521, 18 September 1890

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