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jan 1, 1879 - Childbed/Puerperal Fever

Description:

*Bacteria, Streptococcus Pyogenes, discovered in 1879

*Antibiotics not avaliable for treatment until 1930's

*Remains a major cause of maternal mortality today in rural areas

*Hospitals were hotbeds of bacteria
-about 5 to 20% mothers giving birth died
-about 70 to 100% women in smaller hospitals died due to the outbreak
-17x higher death rates in hospitals in London than giving birth in slums

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Date:

jan 1, 1879
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~ 140 years ago
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