Spotted Fever Here in 1864

This disease, or something very like it, seems to be in reality in the southern part of this county. Mr. J. R. Kennedy informs us that no less than five deaths have occurred in his neighborhood in the present week. Mr. Wyatt has lost three children, Mr. Wolf, a daughter, and Mr. Bragg a son, the two latter we are told were taken in the morning and died before night,--indeed before medical assistance could be procured. A daughter of Mr. Law, whose son's death by this desease was reported in a previous issue, has also died. Other cases have occurred, which have not proved fatal.

Dr. Bartlett, who has visited one or two cases, says it seems to be congestion of the brain, accompanied by fever. That its subjecs are those who are disposed to be bilious, and that Bleeding should be at once resorted to as depletion of the system is necessary in the absence of which death will be likely to follow, in many cases before a physician can be called.

Sorce: Osceola Centennial Issue 1851-1951, section 7, page 2.

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