More on smallpox outbreak, 1881.

The Killer “Bumpy Disease” in Honolulu.

The scary killer disease of 1853 has appeared once again within this town, and has spread its roots throughout the Kona district in no time. We are in possession of the list of the sick, from the 4th of December 1880 up until yesterday, and the total reached 53. Seven of them are haole, 12 are Chinese, and the rest are all Hawaiians. One haole died of the illness, and one hung himself. Just one Hawaiian has died, Lilia Keawe, a hapa haole.

We strongly urge, in the case where one of you is afflicted, O People of Honolulu, to quickly make it known at the prison, and the government will treat you at no cost. Do not try to conceal it, or it will become an epidemic.

(Ko Hawaii Pae Aina, 2/12/1881, p. 2)


Ko Hawaii Pae Aina, Buke IV, Helu 7, Aoao 2. Feberuari 12, 1881.

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