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First outbreak of Cholera

In 1831 a terrifying new epidemic arrived in London. London was a city overwhelmed by the waste products of its ever-growing population, the majority of whom lived in the squalor of overcrowded slums. Human waste piled up in courtyards and overflowed from basement cesspits into the gutters and waterways.

Over 6,500 die. Population of London approx. 1.5 million.