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Dysentery Awareness

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You have died of dysentery.

All of the people in your party have died. Press SPACE BAR to continue.

Myself and family were sick when we left and continued so until we left Blue River and the rains and mud, but when we struck the high land along the Platte we began to mend and continued to do so until we are all well. My own health is better than it has been for many years, and as far as I have seen this country I think it very healthful.
- Letter from Jesse Looney to his brother-in-law, Major James C. Bond, written Oct. 27, 1843

Clearly, we didn't name one of the four slots in our party "Jesse," 'cause he wouldn't have fared as well if he took the little trip with us. One in every ten people who started out on the Oregon Trail didn't make it, but based on our personal experience, we'd say it felt more like nine out of every ten. Well, depending on whether we'd made it to that frustration point where we were trying to kill them.

Reads "Only you can stop dysentery! / Wash your hands! / Paid for by the Oregon Health and Safety Board" in bright green on the front of a black, 100% cotton shirt. Machine wash cold. Tumble dry low or lay flat to dry. Imported.

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