Yellow Fever

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Airs Tuesday, May 1, 2018, at 7:45 a.m. This week Commentator Dr. Gary Joiner looks back at the scourge of Yellow Jack in the South, and the outbreak of 1873 in Shreveport.

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Airs Tuesday, February 27, 2018, at 7:45 a.m. Commentator Gary Joiner is here to explain how frost helped keep an epidemic down, showing that even the history frost matters.

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Airs Tuesday, August 16, at 7:45 p.m. Dr. Gary Joiner at the rise of Zika and looks back at another scourge from the tropics, yellow fever, and their history matters.

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Commentator Gary Joiner honors Army Lt. Eugene Augustus Woodruff who gave his life to Shreveport and died on Sept. 30, 1873, just two months shy of his 32nd birthday, as he cared for residents stricken with Yellow Fever.

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During fall 1878 the southern Mississippi Valley was gripped by a massive Yellow Fever epidemic. North Louisiana, East Texas and southern Arkansas had outbreaks of the Saffron Scourge, and the frost seemed to help bring an end to the suffering.

History Matters is made possible in part by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities and Louisiana Cultural Vistas Magazine.

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