September 21, 2017

Today in History: Yellow Fever

Yellow Fever National Relief Commission
Today in History–August 27–the Library of Congress features the discovery that mosquitos transmit yellow fever by U.S. Army physician James Carroll and pathologist Walter Reed on this day in 1900. The discovery was made because Carroll allowed allowed an infected mosquito to feed on him, resulting in severe yellow fever sickness. Learn more about yellow fever by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access more related primary sources.

U.S. Army Physicians Discovered the Cause of Yellow Fever from America’s Library

Yellow fever; a compilation of various publications. Results of the work of Maj. Walter Reed, Medical Corps, United States Army, and the Yellow Fever Commission

More yellow fever books & articles

Yellow fever image set

Life histories mentioning yellow fever

Yellow fever newspaper articles from 1900

Yellow fever front-page newspaper articles from 1888 (yellow fever epidemic)

Mosquitos: Our “Unfriendly” Neighbors! Zika and Other Mosquito-Borne Diseases Inside Adams blog August 23, 2016

Sheet Music of the Week: World Mosquito Day Edition In The Muse blog August 20, 2013

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