This historic diagram, which had been digitally enhanced and colorized, depicted an unsanitary privy that was attracting flies, which could carry, and transmit infective pathogens to nearby human beings. Other examples of poor sanitation included the lack of screens on the house windows. Note the presence of flies evident throughout the home's food preparation areas; a dirt pathway leading from the house to the privy, which increased the chances of dirt entering the living spaces; an open privy door allowing flies to enter the privy, while in close proximity to the outdoor potable water spigot; the barefoot child increased his susceptibility to disease such as hookworm; the milk containers from the wagon in the background were leaking in the direction of the house and water supply.
CDC/ Minnesota Department of Health, R.N. Barr Library; Librarians Melissa Rethlefsen and Marie Jones
November 20, 2012
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