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In 1897, a teenage girl named Lucille died of yellow fever in Memphis, Tennessee. Her illness was described by her uncle: ‘The poor girl's screams might be heard for a half a square and at times I had to exert my utmost strength to hold her in bed. Jaundice was marked, the skin being a bright yellow hue: tongue and lips dark, cracked and blood oozing from the mouth and nose ... the most terrible and terrifying feature was the ‘black vomit' which I never before witnessed ... it was as black as ink and would be ejected with terrific force. I had my face and hands spattered but had to stand by and hold her'

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