THE 1918 INFLUENZA PANDEMIC
New York : Benchmark Books,
IL 3-6, RL 8.9
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you know the difference between an epidemic and a pandemic? An epidemic
signifies that a great proportion of people in a certain geographic area
have contracted the same disease within a short period of time. A
pandemic refers to an epidemic that has infected many areas of the world
nearly simultaneously. One of the deadliest pandemic in the world
occured in 1918. The influenza pandemic killed between 20 million
and 40 million people in a little over one year. In the United States
alone, 2 percent of the population died from influenza during 1918-1919.
And yet, very little has been written about the this. It was as if
those who lived through it just wanted to forget all about it. But
it is important not to forget about it for fear that it could happen again.
This then is the story of the 1918 influenza pandemic.
Influenza -- History -- 20th century.
Epidemics -- History -- 20th century.
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