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Bulloch History with Roger Allen: Savannah yellow fever epidemic kills 900 in summer of 1820
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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.) Yellow fever in coastal Georgia was first reported in 1808. In 1821, Dr. Jacob De La Motta addressed the Georgia Medical Society about the "Causes of the Mortality among Strangers." Motta declared, "The city's animalcules (microscopic) and infusory (intestinal) animals … (contaminate) the air, and diffuse through it those noxious properties."
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