ID#: 8624
This historic diagram, which had been digitally enhanced, depicted an unsanitary privy that was attracting flies, which could carry, and transmit infective pathogens to nearby human beings. Also, note the lack of screens on the windows, the presence of flies in the home’s food preparation areas, a dirt pathway leading from the house to the privy, an open privy door allowing flies to enter the privy, the close proximity of the water spigot to the privy, the barefoot child, and the milk containers from the wagon in the background were leaking in the direction of the house and water supply. This was a drawing used by the Minnesota Board of Health to train public health workers. The image focused on protecting potable water supplies from bacterial contamination. The description included the citation, “Minnesota State Board of Health, The Sanitary Privy, May, 1916, p. 6”.
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Content Provider(s): CDC/ Minnesota Department of Health, R.N. Barr Library; Librarians Melissa Rethlefsen and Marie Jones
Creation Date: 1916
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Links: Minnesota Health Department
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Copyright Restrictions: None - This image is in the public domain and thus free of any copyright restrictions.