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30/01/1899 South African-American virologist Max Theiler is born

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Max Theiler

He developed a vaccine against yellow fever in 1937. In his time yellow fever was considered to be caused by the bacterium Leptospira icteroides. Max Theiler and Andrew Sellards identified the fewer as a viral disease. In the course of this research, Theiler contracted yellow fever, but survived and developed immunity.
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