11 October 2015

On This Day: Yellow Fever strikes Philadelphia

The American Plague. That is what yellow fever was referred to in 1793. The death toll from this epidemic rose to 100 On This Day in Philadelphia. The epidemic would claim 5,000 souls by the time it ended. 

Yellow fever was a virus that was carried and transferred by mosquitoes, much like malaria today. October is known for her early frosts and that, in 1793, is what finally killed off Philadelphia mosquito population. 

Sources
“Yellow fever breaks out in PhiladelphiaThis Day in History, 1793. History.com. 

 

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© Jeanne Ruczhak-Eckman, 2015
Locations listed are located in Pennsylvania (USA), unless otherwise noted in post.