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Bulloch History with Roger Allen: Aftermath of yellow fever and beginning of smallpox
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(Note: The following is part of a series of columns looking at the establishment and growth of doctors, hospitals and the health industry in Georgia and Bulloch County.) Savannah Mayor Edward Anderson stated in his 1876 Annual Report, "The first recorded death (from yellow fever was) on August the 21st … (T)he highest number of deaths (on a single day) was 33, on the 20th of September." He wrote that from Aug. 21 to Nov. 14, a period of 87 days, the total number of recorded deaths from fevers was 1,351 (931 whites, 420 blacks). The Savannah Men's Benevolent Association, however, recorded 1,040 yellow fever deaths, 934 white and 106 black; while the Savannah Morning News stated that there 1,272 deaths from yellow (or other) fevers.
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