Friday, August 10, 2018

On this Date in Minnesota History: August 10

August 10, 1916 – An epidemic of typhoid fever that threatened a band of 150 Chippewa Indians on a small reservation at Grand Portage, in the extreme northeastern part of Minn., is probably averted, according to Dr. H. M. Bracken, executive officer of the state board of health. He returned today after having investigated health conditions on the reservation at the request of federal officials.

“The water supply was the greatest health menace I found,” said Dr. Bracken.

Typhoid fever is a serious disease spread by contaminated food and water.1

The Minneapolis Morning Tribune; “Typhoid Epidemic Among Indians Believed Averted.”; August 11, 1911; p. 1.


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