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In 1793, Philadelphia experienced a massive outbreak of yellow fever. At the time, there was no vaccine for the disease and no one knew how it was spread. People who were financially able to do so fled city, but those who stayed died at an alarming…

Although the most famous yellow fever epidemic hit Philadelphia in 1793, the disease returned often in the ensuing decades. This War Department document, from 1798, details requirements for combating and preventing the contagious fever that was…
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