|Dr. Walter Reed,
National Library of Medicine
|In 1900, Dr. Walter
Reed and an intrepid group of his colleagues on the US Army Yellow Fever
Commission studied yellow fever in Cuba. The commission put together the
puzzle of how the yellow fever virus was spread, and identified the aedes
aegyptii mosquito as the vector.
Mosquito control measures were put in place throughout the Southeast –
and the last yellow fever outbreak in the US occurred in New Orleans in 1905.
Virginia. 1997. “Yellow Fever and the Reed Commission.” Internet website: