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The historic Yellow Fever epidemic in Philadelphia...



Item # 603662 THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, England, April, 1794  Within this issue is a lengthy discussion of one of the deadliest epidemics in U.S. history, one which eventually claimed just under 10% of the entire population of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (at the time the most populated city in the country).  The cause of the epidemic is attributed to the incoming refugees resulting from the slave revolt in Saint-Dominique (see note below).
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Background (source Wiki):  In the summer of 1793, as French colonial refugees from the slave revolution in Saint-Domingue crowded the port of Philadelphia, a summer yellow fever epidemic began in the city. It is likely that the ships and refugees carried the yellow fever virus and the mosquitoes that transmit it. The medical community and others in 1793 did not understand the role of mosquitoes in the transmission of yellow fever and other diseases.

Category: The 1600's and 1700's

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