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The Pest Detectives: The Definitive Guide to Rentokil by Rob Gray

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Chapter Three: Parallel Beginnings – The British Ratin Story

For an alternative starting point to the Rentokil story we should go back to the beginning of the 20th century. The modern age was dawning but, as remains true today, even in developed countries people still faced some of the same horrifying threats to health and life more typically associated with medieval times. In the year 1900, there was a significant international outbreak of bubonic plague. Cases were reported as far apart as San Francisco and Sydney, Glasgow and Osaka, Beirut and Bombay. Public health officials across the globe struggled to halt its spread by imposing strict quarantine measures on shipping and affected ports. There were over 500 plague deaths in Australia alone ...

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