What role do multiple causations play in describing a historic event?
Reports on the yellow fever epidemic, A Spotlight on a Primary Source by Unknown Correspondent View this item in the collection Between August 1 and November 9,approximately 11, people contracted yellow fever in the US capital of Philadelphia. The disease gets its name from the jaundiced eyes and skin of the victims.
Other symptoms include fever, headache, and "black vomit" caused by bleeding into the stomach. At the time, it was thought that yellow fever was caused by rotting vegetable matter, and it was believed to be contagious; the disease is actually spread by mosquitos.
The epidemic created panic in the capital, causing 17, people, including President Washington and other members of the federal government, to flee to the countryside.
This document, from the papers of Secretary of War Henry Knox, contains two reports written during the peak of the epidemic in the first few weeks of October. Knox had moved his office to Montgomery County before taking his family back to Boston.
Questions for Discussion Read the introduction, examine the image of the letter, and study the excerpt and the transcript. Then apply your knowledge of American history to answer the following questions: How did the lack of medical and scientific knowledge about yellow fever contribute to the spread of the disease?
Using information from the letters, assess the seriousness of the yellow fever epidemic of Compare the reaction of the citizens of Philadelphia in to reactions of people to one of the recent epidemics and pandemics involving a disease such as: Explain the process by which physicians and scientists ultimately discovered the cause of and effective treatment for yellow fever.
A printer-friendly version is available here.The majority of people infected with yellow fever virus will either not have symptoms, or have mild symptoms and completely recover. For people who develop symptoms, the time from infection until illness is typically 3 to 6 days.
Because there is a risk of severe disease, all people who develop. Yellow fever breaks out in Philadelphia The death toll from a yellow fever epidemic in Philadelphia hits on this day in By the time it ended, 5, people were dead.
The book Fever is a wonderful book to read if you are like years old of course it took place in it was when Washington lived. This book takes place in Philadelphia the book is about this girl named Matilda she is 12 years old and lives with her grandfather and mother (her father died)/5.
Yellow Fever in Philadelphia. Billy G. Smith and Paul Sivitz, Montana State University.. Yellow Fever broke out in epidemic proportion in , , , and The most severe, and one of the most deadly in American history, occurred in , when an estimated 5, inhabitants died.
During the Yellow Fever Epidemic of in Philadelphia, 5, or more people were listed in the official register of deaths between August 1 and November 9.
The vast majority of them died of yellow fever, making the epidemic in the city of 50, people one of the most severe in United States history. By the end of September, 20, people. The death toll from a yellow fever epidemic in Philadelphia hits on this day in By the time it ended, 5, people were dead.
Yellow fever, or American plague as it was known at the time.