The Story of the Great Influenza Pandemic of 1918 and the Search for the Virus That Caused It

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The fascinating, true story of the world's deadliest disease. In 1918, the Great Flu Epidemic felled the young and healthy virtually overnight. An estimated forty million people died as the epidemic raged. Children were left orphaned and families were devastated. As many American soldiers were killed by the 1918 flu as were killed in battle during World War I. And no area of the globe was safe. Eskimos living in remote outposts in the frozen tundra were sickened and killed by the flu in such numbers that entire villages were wiped out. Scientists have recently rediscovered shards of the flu virus frozen in Alaska and preserved in scraps of tissue in a government warehouse. Gina Kolata, an acclaimed reporter for The New York Times, unravels the mystery of this lethal virus with the high drama of a great adventure story. Delving into the history of the flu and previous epidemics, detailing the science and the latest understanding of this mortal disease, Kolata addresses the prospects for a great epidemic recurring, and, most important, what can be done to prevent it.
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1999.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780374157067
Branch Call Number: 614.518 Kolata 1999
Characteristics: xi, 330 p. :,ill. ;,22 cm.


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May 15, 2017

An excellent in depth look at the 1918 flu outbreak as well as the Swine flu in the 1970's and other flu outbreaks.

Some frightening stories about flu research. At one time men in prisons were offered time off their sentences in exchange for accepting the flu virus as it was being researched in how it was passed from human to human.

Mar 03, 2013

Kolata starts so many sentences with "And", which I find disruptive, that I closed the book after reading several pages.


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