By Dr. Adnan Zuberi
Karachi under Plague (Bubonic) Pandemic 1890s
Third pandemic Plague was originated in Yunnan, China in 1850s.
It spread to Port Cities right from Calcutta, Pune, Bombay and Karachi. It further travel to west via Jeddah and Red Sea to the europe and US.
British Colonial govt sets Quarantine in Karachi and created Committees.
These Segregation camps were named as Ranchore, Keamari, Garden Quarters etc etc
This pandemic killed almost 10 millions in India and 2 millions in China alone.
A french Physician, Bacteriologist and Researcher Dr Paul Simmond visited Karachi for his experimental Antiserum to inject and treat the plague. In photo Dr Simmond injecting a vaccine in a patient in Karachi
This pandemic was effectively last till 1959-60, almost 200 patients per year
Photos: Courtesy Wellcome Collection, London