Living with Enza: The Forgotten Story of Britain and the by M. Honigsbaum

By M. Honigsbaum

'Never because the Black demise has the sort of plague swept over the face of the world,' commented the days , '[and] by no means, possibly, has an outbreak been extra stoically accepted.' while the nice Influenza pandemic eventually ended, in April 1919, 228,000 humans in Britian on my own have been useless. This e-book tells the tale of the nice Influenza pandemic.

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Interestingly, several of the victims had been soldiers en route to Camp Funston. Was Haskell County the epicentre of the first wave, or could the same virus have been circulating at Etapies and other British Army camps at an earlier date? And if so, how could the virus have travelled east across the Atlantic to Kansas when most of the human traffic that spring was in the opposite direction? These questions are discussed in more detail in chapter six. For present purposes, it is sufficient to note that the report in Public Health Reports was the first official reference anywhere in the world to what may have been the pandemie strain of lnfluenza" At first the medical authorities in Washington were not overly alarmed: after all, Camp Funston was just one army camp among many.

Towards the end of june, the Director General of the British Army Medical Services commandeered ambulance trains to transport siek men direct from their units in the First Army to Etapies only to see a hospital ward there fill up with 3,000 men in three days. '62 By now the AEF was also reporting phenomenally high sick rates - as much as 80 or 90 per cent of a battalion's fighting strength . Then came the news that the Grand Fleet at Scapa 48 liv ing with enza Flow had been affected. Churchill's 'insatiate scourge' was on the march and this time neither the 'streak of brine' nor the wide-open waters of the North Sea appeared able to retard it.

This wasn't so much due to the spirited French and American counter-attacks as to the fact that by now Ludendorff's divisions were completely overstretched. There may have been another factor too: influenza. '63 News of the Allied successes came as a much-needed tonic on the Home Front. '64 As May gave way to early summer the news from the Front got steadily better. In late june, following aseries of pitched battles around Noyon, the French and Americans halted the German drive at Compieqne and began to advance on Chateau Thierry.

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