Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Swine Flu and the Spanish Influenza of 1918

I always thought that the Spanish Influenza started in Europe, but actually it started at Fort Riley, Kansas. Monday March 11th 1918 ce. Fort Riley held 26,000 men over 20,000 acres, with horses and mules, producing 9 tons of manure a month. The way to dispose of the manure was by burning it, not a great job in an area where a wind would whip up a dust storm. This is what happened on Saturday March 9th 1918 ce. The dust combined with the ash kicked up a stinking yellow haze. By Monday 100 men came down with flu.

In March 80,000 'dough boys were sent to Europe, followed in April by 118,000 to help bring WWI to an end. Little did they know that their travelling to Europe, with the virus would kill more people than their guns. Then when the war ended all these ones travelled home to the far flung corners of the globe. 675,000 died in the States alone and between 20 to 40 million world wide.

This PBS Show gave a lot of insight into the epidemic.

The Spanish Influenza started in the Spring as with this Swine Flu, and and it took young healthy adults.

Is the Swine Flu of today going to run a similar course?

We are at Code Phase 4, what does that mean?

I personally did not have any family who died of the Spanish Influenza, and of course today there are better drugs to help, but so many did loose family members.


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