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Re: [MS] 1878 Yellow Fever AA list of Deaths

: I found my cousin Lizzie Epinger/Eppenger14 yr old in Holly Spring
: Ms on the 1870 census and has been unable to find her again on
: census or marriage records, by first name or last name search. I
: found an article on Google that read between August amd mid-
: October 1878 the town of 3,500 residents was down to 800due to
: deaths from yellow fever Is anyone familiar with this Yellow
: Fever outbreak. Thanks in advance. Rosa

THE YELLOW FEVER EPIDEMIC OF 1878
IN GRENADA, MISSISSIPPI

Summarized from the book "The History of Grenada County"

In the fall of 1878 Grenada was stricken by the greatest tragedy in the town's 40 year history. On August 9, 1878 Dr. D. R. Brown, secretary of the Memphis Board of Health, went to Grenada to check on rumors of yellow fever in the area. On that day occurred the first of what was later totaled at 367 deaths from this dread disease in this town of 2000 population. The cause of yellow fever was completely unknown at that time. The fever was carried from person to person by mosquitos but then doctors knew only that this fever existed, but not how to treat it. At best the remedies used were not effective, and at worst contributed to the death of the victims. Only the very lucky survived.


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