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Re: [MS] 1878 Yellow Fever AA list of Deaths
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: I found my cousin Lizzie Epinger/Eppenger14 yr old in Holly Spring
THE YELLOW FEVER EPIDEMIC OF 1878
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.