Chicago Influenza Outbreak of 1918

Chicago Influenza Outbreak of 1918:

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 The Spanish Influenza was one of the deadliest epidemics in history, lasting from 1918 to 1919.  More than one-fifth of the world’s population suffered from some of the disease’s deadly symptoms, including aches and fevers.  The Spanish Influenza claimed the deaths of more than 21,000,000 people worldwide, including 600,000 in America alone.  Of those, 8,500 of the victims lived in Chicago.  Although people of all ages were susceptible to influenza, a majority of the people who died as a result of influenza were between twenty and forty years old.  The Spanish Influenza took the country by storm during another time of crisis- World War I.  This factor aided the spread of the disease considerably.  As soldiers traveled from port to port, they brought with them influenza germs as well as their weapons.  Red Cross units were already organized for the war effort, but they turned their attention to aiding flu victims as well.   Although the epidemic originated in Kansas, it quickly spread to other cities in the United States including Chicago.

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First hit on a google search of Chicago and Influenza. More scary stuff.

I’ll go look for more “fun” scary stuff, for Halloween, later.

2 Comments so far

  1. Alana (unregistered) on October 5th, 2005 @ 9:50 am

    Hey Marty and anyone else who’s interested-

    The current issue of National Geographic has this topic as their cover story.
    http://www7.nationalgeographic.com/ngm/0510/index.html


  2. James T. Struck (unregistered) on October 5th, 2005 @ 3:48 pm

    The idea that the epidemic originated in Kansas is disputed.

    There are many who argue that the epidemic does not have a clear origin. It was called the Spanish flu, for example.

    Bush’s talk about quarantining people scares me, because of the use of the quarantine or isolation to dispense with political opponents in times past. People with different views have been intentionally isolated. I was, for example, told not to talk about my case about improving the warnings on alcohol at my job at IIT even though the limited warnings might lead to 100,000 deaths a year and affect millions of other people with family violence, cirrhosis,stroke, cancer, arrhythmia and heart attacks.

    James T. Struck



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