New research explains why almost half of the 650 people killed by yellow fever in Savannah, Georgia, in 1854 were Irish immigrants.
It seems likely that more than 80 percent of those infected with yellow fever during the 1854 epidemic recovered, and all of those people would have gained immunity from further infection as a result.
If so many recovered why then did so many Irish immigrants die?
“Yellow fever certainly was a ‘strangers’ disease’ but not because strangers were not acclimatized to living in Savannah,” says University of Warwick historian Tim Lockley.
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