Latin American Records of Past Epidemics

Table from Brazilian National Department of Public Health, 1930

LACC Librarian Paul Losch wrote the new article “Latin American Records of Past Epidemics”:

“As the world is dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, public health statistics have been at the center of attention. Numbers offer one way for us to comprehend and respond to emerging threats. Not only current statistics, but also records of past outbreaks, may provide insights for dealing with today’s problems. We recently put historical statistics of past Latin American epidemics in the University of Florida Digital Collection (UFDC) for three major Latin American cities responding to COVID-19 today: Mexico City (1906-1914), Rio de Janeiro (1906-1937) and São Paulo (1908-1917).”

Read the full article in the UF Special Collections Blog.

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