Need a book to read? For those who like a fictional story, Fever 1793 is the perfect book for you. It is about a girl named Mattie Cook who lives in Philadelphia with her widowed mother and her grandfather. Her family runs a coffee shop. During the summer of 1793, Yellow Fever spreads throughout the entire city, killing thousands of people. Others escape the town to get the country air. Mattie’s mother becomes ill, and she tells Mattie to flee the city with her grandfather. But when they travel, Mattie discovers that the disease is everywhere, so they have to find a way to survive.
This book is based on a real epidemic, but it has a few fictional characters, like Mattie. By reading this book, readers can imagine what it was like in 1793 for Philadelphia, how much people suffered, and the rebirth of the city.
Fact: Currently, there is no Yellow Fever in the United States. However, in 1902, Dr. Walter Reed discovered that it is the female Aedes aegypi mosquito that spreads the disease. Although a vaccine has been long since developed, lots of people are still being killed by the Yellow Fever each year in sub-Saharan Africa and parts of South America.