1981 – First victim of Memphis yellow fever epidemic dies


TEM micrograph of yellow fever virus (234,000× magnification)

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On August 13, 1878, Kate Bionda, a restaurant owner, dies of yellow fever in Memphis, Tennessee, after a man who had escaped a quarantined steamboat visited her restaurant. The disease spread rapidly and the resulting epidemic emptied the city. Yellow fever, which is carried by …read more