We're back to normal episodes again with this week's selection from the listener mailbag. In 1918 and 1919, a fifth of the world's population got the flu. For many of them, it developed into a terrifying pneumonia that could kill within hours. Somewhere between 20 million and 50 million people died - a death toll that dwarfed that of World War I, which was winding down just as the flu struck.
Our listener mail is from Sarah about our episode on foot binding.
For more knowledge: How the Flu Works
Episode download link: The Flu Epidemic of 1918
- Hoag, Hannah. "Study revives bird origin for 1918 flu pandemic." Nature. Feb. 16, 2014. http://www.nature.com/news/study-revives-bird-origin-for-1918-flu-pandemic-1.14723
- National Archives and Records Administration. "The Deadly Virus: Influenza Epidemic of 1918." http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/influenza-epidemic/records-list.html
- National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases. "Toxic Traces: What Made the 1918 Influenza Virus So Deadly?" 8/12/2010. http://www.niaid.nih.gov/topics/Flu/Research/Pandemic/Pages/ToxicTraces.aspx
- Taubenberger, Jeffery and David M. Morens. "1918 Influenza: the Mother of All Pandemics." Emerging Infectious Diseases. Vol. 12, No. 1, January 2006. http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/eid/article/12/1/pdfs/05-0979.pdf
- Taubenberger, Jeffery et al. "Discovery and characterization of the 1918 pandemic influenza virus in historical context." Antiviral Therapy. Vol. 12. 2007. http://www.intmedpress.com/serveFile.cfm?sUID=c14c6180-e571-4f23-ac97-b34c4843e328
- United States Department of Health and Human Services. "The Great Pandemic: The United States in 1818-1919." http://www.flu.gov/pandemic/history/1918/index.html
- Vergano, Dan. "1918 Flu Pandemic That Killed 50 Million Originated in China, Historians Say." National Geographic. 1/23/2014. http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/01/140123-spanish-flu-1918-china-origins-pandemic-science-health/
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