For Immediate Release
Brittany Racca
(337) 365-1540
(888) 942-3742
Jeanerette Museum's "Yellow Fever" History Talk
JEANERETTE, La. – The Jeanerette Museum Board announces the history talk, "Yellow Fever," set for 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018 at the Jeanerette Museum.

Learn how the yellow fever epidemic from 1796 to 1905 affected Iberia Parish, Louisiana and its industry and people. Yellow fever continuously devastated and threatened the population of Louisiana for over a century. Sometimes termed “Yellow Jack,” the infection got its name from the usual yellowing of the skin, or jaundice, from the virus attacking the liver. Steps towards eradication of the disease came from the 1900 commission of United States Army surgeons where they proved the mosquito’s role in the transmission of yellow fever.

Although most of Louisiana’s history on yellow fever focuses on New Orleans, cities and towns between New Orleans and Houston felt the effects from the yellow fever epidemics throughout this period. Yellow Jack’s cause for drama, death, and quarantine did not escape the small towns of southern Louisiana, especially those dependent on the railroads. Jeanerette was one of those cities that were quarantined during the epidemic.

This history talk is being held free of charge and is suitable for an adult audience. Seating may be limited and taken on a first come, first serve basis. This program is sponsored by the Friends of Jeanerette Museum.

For more information visit, email, or like the museum on Facebook. The museum is located at 500 E. Main Street, Jeanerette.

The Iberia Parish Convention & Visitors Bureau is the official parish marketing agency promoting New Iberia, Avery Island, Jefferson Island, Jeanerette, Loreauville and Delcambre as a destination. Marketing programs target leisure travelers, business travelers, media, entertainment industry, and the travel trade including group tour planners, meeting planners, sports planners and special event planners. The bureau operates a parish welcome center in New Iberia.
For more information on parish events and tourism assets, call the bureau at 337-365-1540 or visit