The Great Fever

In 1900, Major Walter Reed, Chief Surgeon of the U.S. Army, led a team to Cuba to investigate yellow fever, the disease that had killed an estimated 100,000 people in the US in the 19th century alone. Reed and his team tested the theories of a doctor named Carlos Finlay who believed that mosquitoes spread the disease.

[text adapted from pbs.org]

Credits

Written, Directed, and Produced by Adrian Bosch
Co-directed by Michael Chin
Edited by Mosica Glaysher and Randall MacLowry
Produced by WGBH for The American Experience