3 Epidemic Books About Yellow Fever

Yellow Fever History

Yellow fever is a viral hemorrhagic disease like dengue fever and Ebola. It’s caused by a virus transmitted by the Aedes mosquito, but only infected females can transmit the disease it bites, mostly during the day. Yellow fever occurs in tropical regions of the Americas and Africa in around 80 percent of cases.

In around 20 percent of cases, the disease is far more severe, and other symptoms develop jaundice, hence the name yellow fever, kidney disorders, bleeding, convulsions, and even coma. Between 25 and 50 percent of severely affected patients die. According to the World Health Organization, An estimated 30 to 60000 people die of yellow fever every year. If you are waiting to read books on Yellow Fever, stay with me.

3 Books About Yellow Fever (Epidemic History)

Ships docked daily at Philadelphia’s wharf with rare tropical delights such as spices, fruits, and coffee. One of these ships, newly arrived from Haiti, not only brought food, but it also carried with it a deadly disease. The mosquitoes on board first went to work on anyone who boarded the boat.

Then those who lived near the water have collected data on how many people died of yellow fever. No one knew for sure how it was spread or how to stop it. To know the pandemic history here, I will review 3 books about Yellow Fever. Let’s go!

1. Fever 1793

The book tells us a story about a teenage girl named Mattie Cook, who lives with her mother and grandfather in Philadelphia. They run a small coffee shop. Mattie is a typical teenager who loves to daydream, socialize, and help in the coffeehouse while listening to Grandpa and his friends argue about different issues. She spends lots of time with Eliza, the coffeehouse cook, a free black woman. There is Nathaniel Benson, the painter’s apprentice.

One day, one of the coffeehouse cooks (Polly) doesn’t show up for work. She had a terrible fever, and the next thing Mattie knew, Polly was buried the next day. It begins happening all over Philadelphia, and more and more people are getting this terrible epidemic called Yellow Fever.

Yellow fever breaks out and turns Mattie’s world upside down. The whole life in Philadelphia becomes a real nightmare that seems to last forever. Mattie and other characters try to avoid being sick and cope with the Yellow Fever’s horrible consequences.

Mattie watches in shock as her city falls apart with people’s eye’s turning a putrid yellow, spewing black liquid, and suffering in pain. Yellow ribbons which signal death are hanging in the town, and there are only getting to be more. Houses are being abandoned, and people are thrown into the streets. There is a reek of rotting bodies in the air, and people are being wrapped in a white sheet and thrown into the ground. The town’s liveliness is fading, and it is fading very fast.

The next person to get ill, though, is Mattie’s mother. Lucille tries to be strong for her daughter, but the sickness overtakes her and forces her to bed. As Lucille gets worse, she demands that Mattie and her Grandfather journey away from the ill city. Mattie goes with her Grandfather through the woods as far as they can get to escape. Will Mattie and her grandfather survive the fever? This novel is an enduring read that keeps you on the edge of your seat and touches your heart.

All of the other characters are pure credulous, so you won’t be lost among those who survived and those who perished. This book is almost based on true events. There is an interesting and captivating appendix at the end of the book. In case you want to know more details about those tough times. If you like books about disastrous people and based on true events, you will love reading this book. Moreover, it is the best book about Yellow fever, I must say.

Fever 1793

Author: Laurie Halse Anderson
Average Customer Review: (4.6 out of 5, on Amazon)
Category: Action & Adventure, United States Colonial & Revolutionary Period Historical Fiction (Best Seller)
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2. An American Plague: The True and Terrifying Story of the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793

During the Revolutionary War, Philadelphia was a central hub where the founding fathers were together. Both a declaration of Independence and a constitution were signed right in Philadelphia. History is an essential part of the city in seventeen ninety-three. The president was George Washington.

Philadelphia was a temporary capital and center of the federal government. During Washington’s presidency in Philadelphia, he signed a proclamation of neutrality. This prevented the U.S. from helping France attack Britain because there were not enough men and military strength. What Washington did not expect was an invisible attack on the people of Philadelphia that began by a French sailor.

The invisible natural attack was the Yellow Fever. It is a true story of the yellow fever epidemic. This silent attack began on August 3rd, 1793, when a French sailor who stayed in a boarding house in Philadelphia was extremely sick with a fever. That fever got worse, and he began having seizures, and days later, he died. Eight people died, and church bells tolled signal death. The numbers increased within weeks. More than a dozen people died.

This fever was fast-moving and dangerous, even if you live next to a sick patient. Within days, you would be sick to people. The town began leaving and went to the countryside, a few states who write out the plague. Doctors finally labeled this attack as yellow fever. The once busy town of Philadelphia became deserted.

How does the town of Philadelphia rise from a silent attack of yellow fever? How did the people who stayed survive? Was there a cure? The book had historical facts and portraits of people, and newspaper clippings at the time. Children interested in history, medicine, and even suspense will genuinely enjoy this book.

An American Plague

Author: Jim Murphy
Average Customer Review: (4.4 out of 5, on Amazon)
Category: American Revolution History, Survival Adventure
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3. Plague

We have Caine and Diana over on this secluded island. In the previous book of the series, We lost Mother Mary and most of the children when she committed suicide and led them off a cliff. Also, we got some interesting tidbits about the darkness and how there’s something more going on there. There is a plague (Yellow Fever) going around, and two things are happening.

Some people are coughing so hard that they are snapping their necks and coughing their lungs out. Other people are getting infected by greenies, which grow more bugs inside the body. We stayed more with our main cast this time instead of branching off and telling the story from many different perspectives. A lot is going on, and sometimes having little moments from other characters helps build the world overall.


Author: Michael Grant
Average Customer Review: (4.7 out of 5, on Amazon)
Category: Science Fiction Action & Adventure, Superhero Fiction
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