There is no cure for yellow fever, a deadly disease that ravaged the United States since the nation was founded. Although Carlos Finlay presented his theory that the disease was transmitted through mosquitoes in 1881, it was not until the experiments of Walter Reed and his team in 1900 that public health officials acted on those findings.
Nineteenth century letters are filled with terrible stories of families and cities ravaged by the disease. Equally frightening are the official medical dispatches of the time that demonstrate how desperate and confused physicians tried multiple treatments for yellow fever, all to no avail.
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