Yellow Fever

“To no other great nation of the earth is yellow fever so calamitous as to the United States of America.” That was the conclusion of the board of experts authorized by the U.S. Congress in 1879 to investigate the worst yellow fever epidemic in U.S. history — an epidemic that took 20,000 lives in the...

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Published in: The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture p. 259
Main Author: MOLLY CALDWELL CROSBY
Format: Book Chapter
Language: English
Published: The University of North Carolina Press 11-26-2012
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Summary: “To no other great nation of the earth is yellow fever so calamitous as to the United States of America.” That was the conclusion of the board of experts authorized by the U.S. Congress in 1879 to investigate the worst yellow fever epidemic in U.S. history — an epidemic that took 20,000 lives in the Mississippi Valley in one summer. Yellow fever, Yellow Jack, and the Saffron Scourge were all monikers for a virus that made its way from West Africa to this hemisphere through slave trading in the 17th and 18th centuries. The virus caused high fever, delirium, organ
ISBN: 0807837202
9780807837207
DOI: 10.5149/9780807837436_thomas.88