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Show Notes: The Nome Serum Run

Tracy Wilson

Leonhard Seppala, whose route was the longest of the serum run, races his team, led by Billikin and Togo, in the 1927 Maine Dog Derby. Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS
Leonhard Seppala, whose route was the longest of the serum run, races his team, led by Billikin and Togo, in the 1927 Maine Dog Derby. Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

Today's episode is another frequent listener request. In 1925, a diphtheria outbreak in Nome, Alaska, put a community in grave danger. There was only one hospital, and its supply of diphtheria antitoxin was both running short and expired - and an expected replacement had not arrived on the last supply ship to reach Nome before winter. The only way to get the medicine where it needed to go was a daring sled-dog relay.

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