Typhoid, pneumonia, tuberculosis, measles and scarlatina, and influenza are the commonest illnesses.
A terrible epidemic of measles in that year swept away 40,000, or about one-third of the Fijians.
It brought us a measles vaccine, a rubella vaccine, a mumps vaccine, and a heart transplant.
Rhazes is deservedly remembered as having first described small-pox and measles in an accurate manner.
Other destructive agencies were epidemics, such especially as measles and small-pox, which swept away 30,000 Fijians in 1875; the introduction of strong drinks, including, besides vile spirits, a most pernicious concoction brewed in Tahiti from oranges; Maori Religion and Mythology, p. 26.