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Recent Examples on the Web Once handwashing protocols were implemented in the Austrian hospital, the rates of women dying from childbed fever plummeted. Kelly Lambert, Scientific American, "Can a Cartoon Raccoon Keep Schoolkids Safe from COVID-19?," 4 Aug. 2020 Semmelweis got some things right, including his idea that something external caused childbed fever: the cause would turn out to be Streptococcus bacteria. Emily Sohn, Popular Mechanics, "The Shockingly Recent History of People Actually Washing Their Hands," 2 Apr. 2020 Semmelweis noticed that deaths from childbed fever, also known as puerperal fever, were much less frequent in the ward supervised solely by midwives. Emily Sohn, Popular Mechanics, "The Shockingly Recent History of People Actually Washing Their Hands," 2 Apr. 2020 No one could figure out why so many women and children were dying from puerperal fever—commonly known as childbed fever. Michael Harriot, The Root, "The Root’s Clapback Mailbag: Lotion Is the Cure for Racism," 18 May 2018

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1701, in the meaning defined above

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15 Aug 2020

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“Childbed fever.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 2020.

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