When cholera struck Detroit

Feb 5, 2015

Influenza, measles, ebola. Infectious disease is ever present in our headlines and in our lives. Epidemics and pandemics are linked with Man’s ability to travel. Cholera’s road from India to the Great Lakes is the subject of the recent Michigan History Magazine article, "When Cholera Came to Detroit".

Current State's Peter Whorf speaks with author Richard Adler, professor of microbiology at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, about how the British Empire transported  the disease from South Asia to the British Isles, across the Atlantic and beyond. His book is "Cholera in Detroit: A History".