People in Mandalay being 'vaccinated' against the plague by a British physician in the early 1900s.
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People in Mandalay being 'vaccinated' against the plague by a British physician in the early 1900s.

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A bubonic plague pandemic killed more than 15 million people around the world (mainly in India and China) in the early 1900s. It originated in Yunnan and killed thousands in Rangoon and Mandalay between 1905-6. My great-grandfather, U Maung Maung Gyi of Mandalay was one of those who died from the plague in 1906. He was then in his 40s. I recently found this photograph of people in Mandalay been 'vaccinated' against the plague by a British physician. The 'vaccination' was fairly ineffectual (and had serious side-efffects'; I think the photograph was meant to show the colonial authorities in a good light, looking after their new Upper Burma subjects.

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