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When the second worldwide cholera pandemic hit the Black Country in 1832, the residents stood very little chance at preventing its spread.

 

 With no real understanding of what caused the disease and how to stop it travelling from one town to another, entire families were wiped out. And with no NHS, families had no choice but to rely on the kindness and charity of complete strangers. In this episode of history at home, we take a closer look at the outbreak in Bilston, where 450 children were left orphaned, and explore how clean drinking water and the establishment of local health boards would essentially eradicate the disease from Europe.

 

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