TABLE 3-1Famines in the Valley of Mexico

YearsCausesRemarks
11003–1011Drought, warFamine, epidemic, high mortality
21029–1035DroughtFamine, high mortality
31253DroughtFamine, epidemic
41332–1335DroughtFamine
51382–1385FloodsFamine
61403LocustFamine
71430DroughtFamine
81434DroughtFamine
91446–1456Locust, floods, frost, snow, droughtFamine, probably associated with epidemic of hemorrhagic fever, high mortality
101464Heat waves, strong windsFamine
111488LocustFamine
121492FloodsFamine
131498–1499FloodsFamine
141503–1505DroughtFamine, high mortality
151514DroughtFamine
161520–1521War, first smallpox epidemicFamine
171538–1539Second smallpox epidemicFamine
181541–1548Drought, frost, strong winds, crop disease.Famine, epidemic of hemorrhagic fevers, high mortality
191550–1555Drought, mumps epidemicFamine
201558–1559Frost, locustFamine, epidemic of hemorrhagic fevers
211562–1564Drought, epidemicsFamine, epidemics of measles, smallpox, and hemorrhagic fevers; high mortality
221571–1573Drought, epidemicFamine, epidemic of unknown origin
231576–1579DroughtFamine, epidemic of hemorrhagic fever, high mortality
241584–1588DroughtFamine, epidemic of hemorrhagic fever, high mortality
251594Drought, frost, heat wavesFamine
261610–1613Drought, frost, strong windsFamine
271615–1517Drought, frostFamine, epidemic of measles
281621–1623DroughtFamine
291629FloodsFamine
301634–1635DroughtFamine, epidemic of whooping cough
311639–1642DroughtFamine, epidemics of measles, whooping cough, and hemorrhagic fever
321658–1663DroughtFamine, epidemic of measles
331691–1697Drought, frost, floods, speculationFamine, riots, epidemics of measles and other unknown diseases
341713–1714Drought, frostFamine, epidemic of unknown disease, high mortality
351718DroughtFamine
361736–1739DroughtFamine, epidemic of hemorrhagic fever, high mortality
371746–1749DroughtFamine, epidemics of smallpox and typhus
381784–1789DroughtFamine, epidemic of hemorrhagic fever, high mortality

From: 3, Historical, Scientific, and Technological Approaches to Studying the Climate-Disease Connection

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Global Climate Change and Extreme Weather Events: Understanding the Contributions to Infectious Disease Emergence: Workshop Summary.
Institute of Medicine (US) Forum on Microbial Threats.
Washington (DC): National Academies Press (US); 2008.
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