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In the summer of 1693, a strange disease spread through Boston. Victims suffered from jaundice, high fever and black vomit. For more than two hundred years, yellow fever -- as the disease became known -- attacked numerous American cities, usually in severe summer outbreaks.
At the dawn of the 20th century, a U.S. Army Yellow Fever Board stationed in Cuba, headed by Major Walter Reed, confirmed a theory of Cuban doctor Carlos Finlay about the role of mosquitoes in the transmission of the disease. This theory was put to the test a few years later during a massive yellow fever outbreak in New Orleans.
Learn more about the transmission, symptoms and preventive treatment of yellow fever.
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