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U.S. Census Bureau Daily Feature for April 24

WASHINGTON, April 24, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 24: PUBLIC HEALTH

Profile America — Wednesday, April 24th.  Early America certainly was a simpler society than that which we have today, but some of today's familiar institutions were part of the national experience over 200 years ago.  On this date in 1795, the city of Baltimore set up a permanent, elected board of health, successor to the nation's first such appointed agency.  The first board was created by Maryland's governor to cope with yellow fever epidemics beginning in 1792.   At one point the city of Baltimore quarantined or turned away travelers fleeing hard-hit Philadelphia.  Board of health or no, Baltimore was affected in 1794, and hundreds died as a result.  Local governments across the country employ nearly 220,000 full-time and 56,000 part-time workers in health services, exclusive of hospital staffs.  You can find current data on the country's economy by downloading the new "America's Economy" mobile application at www.census.gov/mobile.

Sources:  Kane's Famous First Facts, 4172
U.S. Census Bureau, 2011 Annual Survey of Public Employment and Payroll

Profile America is produced by the Center for New Media and Promotions of the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on a monthly CD or on the Internet at http://www.census.gov (look for "Multimedia Gallery" by the "Newsroom" button). 

SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau



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