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Yellow fever (Fiebre amarilla)

Fishburn and Hughes: Yellow fever first appeared in Buenos Aires in 1870, reaching epidemic proportions by the summer of 1871 and claiming altogether more than 13,000 victims. The port areas were at first the most affected; eventually as many as a hundred a day were dying throughout the city, which became deserted. Doctor Bernardo Juregui, who died 'practising his profession during the yellow-fever epidemic' may be a reference to the 'few courageous doctors and priests.. .at their posts' when 'Church services were suspended and government offices were closed' mentioned by R.B. Scobie (Buenos Aires: From Plaza to Suburb, 1974, 124). See Chacarita, Flores. The Elderly Lady