The Cholera Outbreak: Beer can SAVE lives.
In 1854 cholera plagued the city of London on a massive level. Five hundred people perished within two weeks, many more were extremely sick and there was a panic: people begun leaving the area fearing for their lives. There was a consensus that the “dirty”, “smelly” air was the cause (Casual, Casual and profile, 2018).
John Snow was perplexed by this idea as it appeared it didn’t affect everyone and strangely enough the people at the breweries were not affected.
Every day the workers at the breweries were given beer as compensation and so they were not drinking any water. As John Snow continued to interview the victims’ families, he realised that all the people had been drinking water from the “Broad street pump” and even those affected who lived in outlying areas had encountered water from that very same pump (Casual, Casual and profile, 2018).
It appeared that the disease that so many were running from was contained in one pump. Thus Mr Snow gave rise to the theory that cholera was, in fact, water borne. An infected babies’ nappy had been thrown near the water pump and create chaos (Casual, Casual and profile, 2018).
Although the cause of Cholera has been known since this time, and cures for this disease are established, our country as well as many other African countries are still plagued by this disease! 663 million people worldwide do not have access to improved sources of drinking water and thus the problem keeps perpetuating. The numbers are as high as 132 212 cases a year with 2420 leading to death (World Health Organization, 2018).
AQA’s major vision for our company is “improve lives by providing safe, clean drinking water to everyone in Africa”. This is achieved through supplying instruments and consumables as well as training thereof for testing of both beer and water across the continent. Join us in making this vision a reality, because in 2018, 164 years after discovering what causes Cholera, we should not be in this predicament. Join us on this journey to clean water- and keep drinking beer so we can keep testing it!
Casual, T., Casual, T. and profile, V. (2018). John Snow and the 1854 London Cholera Outbreak. [online] Thevictorianist.blogspot.com. Available at: http://thevictorianist.blogspot.com/2010/11/john-snow-and-1854-london-cholera.html [Accessed 20 Dec. 2018].
World Health Organization. (2018). Cholera. [online] Available at: https://www.who.int/gho/epidemic_diseases/cholera/en/ [Accessed 20 Dec. 2018].