Plague at the Golden Gate
The War on Rats
In 1900, the first case of bubonic plague to ever be confirmed in North America was diagnosed in San Francisco. Scientists did not understand how the disease was transmitted but had long theorized that rats played a role.
Dr. Joseph Kinyoun was a leader in the diagnosis and prevention of infectious diseases.
In 1901, Rupert Blue launched a health campaign that ended a deadly bubonic plague.
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On May 28, 1900, San Francisco policemen formed a perimeter around Chinatown.
Ng Poon Chew was a writer, a publisher and an advocate for Chinese American civil rights.
Word spreads of a bubonic plague outbreak in San Francisco’s Chinatown.