It caught the contagion of poetry, philosophy and science.'
The contagion had spread through towns and villages and the open country, but it might still be stayed.
The earliest writers upon cholera emphasized its remarkable preference for particular places; and the history of each successive epidemic implies, besides an importation of the contagion, certain local conditions which may be either general sanitary defects or peculiarities of climate and soil.
The contagion spread very rapidly, extending as far as the Rhine provinces, and, across Germany, into Bohemia.
According to one view it was imported from the opposite coast of Dalmatia, though no definite history of contagion was established; according to others, it originated endemically in that place.