McDowell County, West Virginia 

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A PLAGUE IN MCDOWELL COUNTY
Hinton, W. Va., Aug 24 --Information from McDowell County is to the effect that a dreadful state of affairs exist in that portion of the State and Southwestern Virginia. The drought has made the water very low and the peculiar disease which has several times previously followed the state of affairs, and which is supposed to be the result of minerals in the water has broken out. In Dead Horse Cave neighborhood, there are over 100 cases, with 30 deaths. Not a family has escaped. Crops are neglected and farm work is at a stand still. It requiring entire time of every individual able to labor to care for the sick and dead. It is estimated that 200 people have died in McDowell County alone in the last four weeks from this disease. Source: Wheeling Register (Wheeling, WV) Thursday, August 25, 1887  Transcribed by: Debbie Oberst



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