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I am currently reading "The Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant". Leading up to the assault on Mexico City the U.S. Army landed/staged at Vera Cruz where they encountered "the yellow fever" and "the vomito".
Despite my search for a name more specific than "the vomito" I have found nothing. Would malaria have been called the vomito? Any other suggestions?
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I did a little preliminary searching, and found some sources suggesting that “el vómito negro” was actually just another name for yellow fever.
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I did a little preliminary searching, and found some sources suggesting that “el vómito negro” was actually just another name for yellow fever.
Interesting. It makes sense that it would be called “black vomiting “, as yellow fever can cause hemorrhaging, including in the stomach. Blood turns black in gastric acid, so when people have hemetemesis (vomiting up blood), it is commonly black, like coffee grounds.

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Cholera was also very common back then. It also causes vomiting, although the diarrhea is more prominent.
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