Yellow Fever & Panama Canal
Yellow fever (slang term Yellow Jack ) is an acute viral hemorrhagic disease. The Panama Canal is an ship canal in Panama that connects the Atlantic Ocean (via the Caribbean Sea) to the Pacific Ocean./5
Probably a hilariously, ironic topic to discuss considering our recent weather conditions... but, I've often heard people making the comment, "I don't know the purpose of mosquitoes..." or "Ugh, I hate mosquitoes." Well, I praise God for them (just as Corrie Ten Boom learned to praise God for the fleas)... "Why?" you may ask... If it wasn't for the mosquito, I wouldn't exist... nor my sister... nor my parents' relationship... nor my mother and her brothers and sisters...nor my mother's parents' relationship which was Sovereignly sealed in Panama City, Panama (The home of the Panama Canal which was a disaster, and historically renown for the malaria/ yellow fever outbreak that incapacitated the French contractors and led the way for America to adopt the rights to construct the Canal, which led to jobs that placed my grandparents together, and would later be the bridge for my parents to meet and marry...). I mention this because so many times we face things that are irritating and not convenient, and possib ...
Did you know: Yellow Fever was recognized as a mosquito-borne disease around 1900 and it was known to emerge with the arrival of ships travelling from affected areas areas of the world. It's mortality among workers was one reason why the Panama Canal was so difficult and costly to built.
We board our ship, it is a cargo vessel, in Charleston,SC on 12/14, it is bound for Auckland through the Panama Canal (we have to get Yellow Fever shots for that) then its' on to Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong (for New Year) Mumbai, London, Dublin and Westport for 5 weeks, then back to Dublin and the U.S. Completely around the world! If Agent Orange catches up to me, Teresa will have a nice pension and bragging rights she can whisper to some 24 year old stud, women with money can have those things. Us men just have to maintain our looks, waistline, and not die to soon!
Approximately 25,000 workers died during the building of the Panama Canal, and approximately 20,000 of them contracted malaria and yellow fever.
Major General and Dr. William Crawford Gorgas, M.D. KCMG (Oct 3, 1854 – July 3, 1920) United States Army physician and 22nd Surgeon General of the U.S. Army (1914–1918). He is best known for his work in Florida, Havana and at the Panama Canal in abating the transmission of yellow fever and malaria by controlling the mosquitoes that carry them at a time when there was considerable skepticism and opposition to such measures.
The Panama Canal was a triumph of science over ignorance. Yellow Fever was not caused by "moral failing" as most believed in 1904.
You Can Overcome! "And they said unto me, The remnant that are left of the captivity there in the province are in great affliction and reproach: the wall of Jerusalem also is broken down, and the gates thereof are burned with fire. And it came to pass, when I heard these words, that I sat down and wept, and mourned certain days, and fasted, and prayed before the God of heaven." - Nehemiah 1:3-4 In 1880, the French, bolstered by a recent success in building the Suez Canal, decided to undertake the digging of the Panama Canal. They envisioned a fifty-mile passage running at sea level, which would require no locks. Unfortunately, after thirteen years of difficult work to remove seventy-seven million cubic feet of dirt, there had been 22,000 deaths among workers (mostly from malaria and yellow fever) and a great deal of digging still remained. Keeping an experienced workforce was impossible given the number of deaths, which, along with other unexpected challenges, led the French to abandon the task. Though co ...
Book Review: "The Path Between the Seas" by D. MCCullough. Outstanding book the the French and American runs at building the Panama Canal. Covers the finances, politics, personalities and technology behind this largest (at the time) engineering feat in the history of the world. Gives you a real appreciation of the genius that built the canal, the elimination of yellow fever, the good, the bad and the ugly of the project. Highly recommend it as it is an adventure story better than the trash put out by Hollywood. Readability: 8 (finance and tech may be a bit much for some).
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