Yellow fever broke out in boston in 1693 philadelphia in 1793 and norfolk virginia in 1855 but the worst american outbreak of yellow fever occurred in the mississippi river valley in 1878 over the course of spring and summer of 1878 this region recorded 120000 cases of yellow fever and between 13000 and 20000 deaths from the disease. The yellow fever epidemic that swept through the mississippi valley in 1878 claimed nearly 20000 lives earning a reputation as one of the most deadly and terrifying events in united states history this study by khaled bloom presents the first complete account of the outbreak and its historical and ecological background it is sure to become the definitive work on the last great epidemic of . An 1873 epidemic claimed 2000 in memphis a number which constituted at the time the most yellow fever victims in an inland city in 1878 a mild winter a long spring and a torrid summer produced favorable conditions for the breeding of aedes aegypti and thus the spread of the fever. The 1867 yellow fever epidemic claimed many casualties in the southern counties of texas as well as in new orleans the deaths in texas included union maj gen charles griffin margaret lea houston mrs sam houston and at least two young physicians and their family members lower mississippi valley 1878. Get this from a library the mississippi valleys great yellow fever epidemic of 1878 khaled j bloom the yellow fever epidemic that swept through the mississippi valley in 1878 claimed nearly 20000 lives earning a reputation as one of the most deadly and terrifying events in united states history
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