The Forgotten Epidemic


Globally, the pandemic discussed in this video killed more people than the Great War, which it followed. Misnamed because some cases were reported (rather than being hushed-up) this pandemic ultimately killed an estimated 50 million worldwide. Do you recall the 'identity' of this forgotten epidemic?

3 comments:

Kristi said...

influenza
I recently read "The Great Influenza" by John M. Barry.
I immediately recognized the picture from the book before I even read the post!
good book
Kristi

Bing said...

The Spanish Flu! Like Bob Dole, another great thing given to this country by Kansas!

I read The Great Influenza not so long ago, and I think that is where I saw that picture first. The appalling death rate among healthy members of groups not typically thought to be at risk--and the concentration of mobilized soldiers--it was a catastrophic nightmare. My grandmother, who stormed onto the scene a few years after the Great War, lost an older sibling to the flu.

HJ

salient said...

Well done, both of you! Your prize is a free lifetime subscription to read the blog ;-} Since you have read the book, you can correct me if the following is inaccurate:

Apparently this strain of influenza was more likely to kill healthy young people because it provoked a very strong immune response in healthier people. (The symptoms of colds and 'flu are caused by our battling the viruses rather than by the viruses themselves.)

It's believed that the first cases were on an American army base, but the pandemic got its name because Spanish cases were reported.