When yellow fever hit Philadelphia in the summer of 1793, the College of Physicians advised people to avoid infected cases if possible and keep the streets clean, among other measures. Physician Benjamin Rush beseeched all "that can move, to quit the city." Philadelphia resident and U.S. president George Washington was among the 20,000 who fled the city. He explained that "as Mrs. Washington was unwilling to leave me surrounded by the malignant fever which prevailed, I could not think of hazarding her and the Children any longer by my continuance in the city, the house in which we lived being, in a manner, blockaded, by the disorder."
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