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Alzheimer s disease combined. Normally 1/10 of a percent of people will die from the flu, whereas in 1918 an astronomical 2.5% of it s victims had died. At the time the total deaths, of the men fighting as of July 1, were 42, 867. Another problem was all the people coming to America from European countries that were carriers of the flu. It not only brought in more of a chance for Americans to contract the flu but around 7% of the boats population came into harbor dead. Leaving but more bodies they had to tend to. Around the month of April a second wave of the Pandemic began to linger. The people knew what was going to happen, considering they had only been through it a few months prior. In South Africa so many bodies and no coffins remained to put them in. Unfortunately mass

graves became the burial ground to many bodies wrapped shamelessly in dirtied white cloth. In England stretchers with bodies were placed in the classrooms where desks had once stood. It was such a tragedy for mankind to have experienced in such a short amount of time, with no time to prepare. Due to the fact that when bodies were buried, they were buried without any preserves, that the autopsies given resulted only in hopelessness of finding the roots of this deadly virus. The reason for this is when a body disintegrates, the lungs are one of the first body parts to go. Therefore scientists looking to study the past have such trouble finding any more conclusive information on The Influenza Pandemic of 1918. Although luckily 3 bodies, of three individuals from different walks of

life, from different areas, in one way or another, were preserved. The first of the three to be found was Private Roscoe Vaughn, a 21 year old male, Caucasian. Vaughn arrived to Camp Jackson September 1918, training in artillery. On the 19th he called in sick, on Sept. 26th at 6:30 a.m., he died gasping for air. An autopsy was immediately performed, a chunk of the lung removed and preserved with formaldehyde, and placed in-between a slices of wax. From the autopsy room it was sent to Washington where it remained for many years. The wax is what has preserved the sample for so long. The second victim to be recovered was Private James Downs. He was based in Camp Upton, New York. Records show Downs entering the hospital on the 23 of September and dying soon thereafter on the 26th

just 2 hours before Private Vaughan. Fortunately his specimen was preserved and sent out the same as the other Private. Other than the fact they both had influenza autopsies showed they both were healthy, and incredibly fit men. The third and final was an Alaskan Woman whom had fallen ill and buried among many of her townsman. When they were buried, the people had to dig trenches through the ice in order to have somewhere to place the bodies. There, frozen in her grave, remained a single woman for seventy years. These three very small samples of lung tissue led the way to experimentation and developmental research of the 1918 flu. Sadly enough so many people had to die in such large numbers. Families were broken, friends were split, and towns were left abandoned. Only because a

flu was not able to be contained. Scientists ponder whether or not it shall return. Some say that there is a wave every 20 years, and it has just been fortunate that it has not been bad the past few times. As the Historian Crosby once said, The virus, killed more humans than any other disease in a period of similar duration in the history of the world. It would be unjust to say it had such a large impact on the future, fore it did not. The past was practically forgotten. Schools seldom teach about it, because it was WWI that was in the limelight in 1918. Ashame that such a huge amount of peoples lives were taken, and any recognition of such a large event is not in the least present.