Show simple item record Molefi, R.K.K. 2011-03-08T07:29:55Z 2011-03-08T07:29:55Z 2001
dc.identifier.citation Molefi, R.K.K. (2001) Of rats, fleas, and peoples: towards a history of bubonic plague in southern Africa, 1890-1950, Pula: Botswana Journal of African Studies Vol. 15, No 2, pp. 258-267 en_US
dc.identifier.issn 0256-2316
dc.description.abstract This paper examines the responses of colonial governments to outbreaks of bubonic plague in the interior, particularly that of the Bechuanaland Protectorate (Botswana) administration. Bubonic plague first reached Southern Africa through the seaports of Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, East London, and Durban in 1900 at the height of the Anglo-Boer war of 1899- 1902. The dread disease found Southern Africa's ports, harbours and railway stations bursting at the seams with wartime commerce, and with an influx of refugees from the interior and large numbers of migrant labourers. From the ports, the plague spread to towns close to railway stations and finally into the interior where it caused havoc for the political economy of rural Southern Africa. Bubonic plague normally spreads as a disease among rodent populations living in the vicinity of human habitation. Fleas from dead rats if unable to find another rodent host begin to infest people instead. Bubonic plague became endemic in Southern Africa, and natural reservoirs of the malady still exist in the region. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher University of Botswana, Research and Development Unit / en_US
dc.subject Rats en_US
dc.subject Fleas en_US
dc.subject Peoples en_US
dc.subject History en_US
dc.subject Bubonic plague en_US
dc.subject Southern Africa en_US
dc.title Of rats, fleas, and peoples: towards a history of bubonic plague in southern Africa, 1890-1950 en_US
dc.type Published Article en_US en_US

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