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.
Our listener mail is from Kathleen, who wrote to us after our Queen Christina of Sweden episode.
For more knowledge: How the Iditarod Works
Episode link: The Nome Serum Run
- World Health Organization. "Immunization, Vaccines and Biologicals: Data, Statistics and Graphics." http://www.who.int/immunization/monitoring_surveillance/data/en/
- The College of Physicians of Philadelphia. "The History of Vaccines." http://www.historyofvaccines.org/content/timelines/diphtheria
- Salisbury, Gay and Laney Salisbury. "The Cruelest Miles: The Heroic Story of Dogs and Men in a Race Against an Epidemic." W.W. Norton. 2003.
- Houdek, Jennifer. "The Serum Run of 1925." LitSite Alaska. University of Alaska at Anchorage. http://www.litsite.org/index.cfm?section=Digital-Archives&page=Land-Sea-Air&cat=Dog-Mushing&viewpost=2&ContentId=2559
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