Monday, October 22, 2012

CDC: Pandemic Influenza Outbreak on a Troop Ship—Diary of a Soldier in 1918

Jennifer A. SummersComments to Author 
Author affiliation: University of Otago, Wellington, Department of Public Health, Wellington South, New Zealand


A newly identified diary from a soldier in 1918 describes aspects of a troop ship outbreak of pandemic influenza. This diary is the only known document that describes this outbreak and provides information not officially documented concerning possible risk factors such as overcrowding and the suboptimal outbreak response by military leaders. It also presents an independent personal perspective of this overwhelming experience.


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