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Report - Minffordd Hospital, Bangor, Wales, June 2011

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    Minffordd Hospital, Bangor, Wales

    There were a total of 42 fatalities during the Bangor typhoid epidemic of 1882. The source was eventually found to be bacteria transferred in water and milk from a local farm in nearby Bethesda, situated above Bangor’s water supply, but efforts to stem the spread of disease were hampered by the fact that the majority of the local health board still believed that the contagion occurred via miasmic vapours, blaming odorous sewers for the problem. The doctor most vocally opposed to the vapour theory contracted the disease and died. The epidemic was eventually controlled, and in the aftermath, Minffordd Hospital was build as the area’s infectious diseases hospital with a number of isolation units.

    In recent years, Minffordd became a community hospital, and also housed the Gwynedd Alzheimers Society. After a lengthy public consultation, it closed in 2006.


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