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Listed under:  Health  >  Diseases  >  Disease transmission  >  Epidemics

Cartoon depicting the Melbourne Plague, 1900

This black-and-white cartoon, published on 19 May 1900, depicts the outbreak of the bubonic plague in Melbourne by using imagery and a stanza from Shakespeare's play 'Hamlet'. A seven-line quotation from Act I Scene IV is printed below the image. The drawing shows two contemporary Melbourne figures, Dr John Elkington and ...


'No, Sir--These are not Anarchists', 1919

This is a newspaper illustration published in 1919 by cartoonist Charles Nuttall portraying seven well-dressed men and women on their way to a church service wearing face masks to protect them against the recent Spanish influenza (flu) outbreak. The caption below the drawing reads 'Melbourne, February, 1919. / No, Sir--These ...


'Too many cooks' - influenza treatment cartoon, 1937

This is a black-and-white cartoon commenting on the various methods of treating influenza used in the 1930s. It depicts parents reading books and newspapers and taking the advice of doctors and of William Hughes, the then minister for health, in an attempt to find the best treatment for their child's illness. The cartoon ...


Epidemic diseases in 19th- and 20th-century Australia

This collection of digital curriculum resources is organised into eight disease categories - influenza; tuberculosis; diphtheria; poliomyelitis; smallpox; whooping cough; measles; and bubonic plague. Some of these occurred in huge epidemics such as the Spanish influenza epidemic of 1918-19. Some, such as bubonic plague, ...


Super Flu - Race Against a Killer, 2005: Avian flu in Hong Kong

This clip shows how it was established that an outbreak of avian (bird) influenza in Hong Kong in 1997 crossed over into the human population and resulted in the death of, among others, the 3-year-old boy depicted here. It includes a representation of the hospitalisation of the boy and footage of dead and dying poultry. ...


Black Death: the disease

The resource is about the plague, the disease known as Black Death in 14th-century England. It describes the three variations of the disease: bubonic, pneumonic and septicaemic, and the causes and symptoms of the disease. It also considers the origins of the bacteria, the conditions needed for an epidemic to occur and the ...

Moving Image

Calculating area: locust plagues

How many locusts in a plague? Find out just how big the threat of locusts can be and how farmers try to prevent the plagues from getting out of control. This clip provides context for a combination of area, area units and rate problems.

Interactive Resource

CDC Control the Disease Outbreak - iTunes app

Become a disease detective and solve the outbreak by analysing information and data provided in clues, tables and graphs. Find out about professions in disease control and prevention such as epidemiologists and earn badges as you progress through the outbreaks at each level For teachers there are some lesson plans and website ...


The Conversation - Understanding immunisation and vaccination

A series of articles about vaccination and immunisation including: explanations on so-called ‘herd immunity’; myth-busting; the research on the claims made by those who are anti-vaccination; and case studies of immunisation against polio, small pox, HIV, influenza, measles, and others. Each article is about 600-800 words.The ...