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Source:  American Experience on PBS

The influenza epidemic of 1918 holds the record for the deadliest flu outbreak in American history.

In September of 1918, soldiers at an army base near Boston suddenly began to die.  The cause of death was identified as influenza, but it was unlike any strain ever seen.

As the killer virus spread across the country, hospitals overfilled, death carts roamed the streets, and helpless city officials dug mass graves.

It was the worst epidemic in American history, killing over 600,000—until it disappeared as mysteriously as it began.

Watch chapter 1 of  American Experience’s “Influenza 1918” above and watch the complete documentary at PBS.


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