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Cholera Outbreak in Vermilion Parish (1978)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: News, Public Affairs

Place Covered: Vermilion Parish, Louisiana, 29.8157592, -92.6317161

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1978-10-06

Duration: 00:18:01

Subjects: Health | Cholera | SEAFOOD INDUSTRY | Crabs | Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (U.S.) | United States. Food and Drug Administration


  • George, Beth Host
  • Blome, Ron Host
  • Cherry, William Speaker
  • Barrett, Tim Interviewee
  • Toups, Henry Interviewee


This segment from the October 6, 1978, episode of “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features a special report on the cholera outbreak in Vermilion Parish and the determination that crabs were the source of the bacteria. This report includes: the testing of crabs by the Center for Disease Control (CDC); the testing of sewage treatment plants in Lafayette; the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) closing of crabbing off of a 50-mile portion of the Louisiana coast; the FDA ban on the interstate shipment of crabs from this area; Dr. William Cherry’s view that the FDA is overreacting; and the effect of the outbreak on the seafood markets in the state. Host: Beth George Host: Ron Blome