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Series: Disease & Epidemics in the Caribbean

Epidémies et quarantaines en Guadeloupe au 19ème siècle/Epidemics & Quarantines in 19th Century Guadeloupe

*The English Translation is located below the French

Gérard LaFleur

Athol Island Quarantine Station in the Bahamas

by Kelly Delancy-Fowler

Separating the ill and potentially contagious individuals from the wider population to prevent disease spread is a centuries old practice. The word “quarantine” denotes this separation and restricted movement of individuals exposed to a communicable disease to observe whether symptoms develop. Though formal practice of quarantine dates to 14th century Venice, the earliest known quarantine facilities were leper hospitals converted to lazarettos during the 15th century.

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