May 1, 2009

THE IRON LAW OF UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES:

Pandemic or panic? (Jonathan Gornall, May 02. 2009, The National)

No one can now be sure, but it seems likely that the 1918 outbreak, like that of 1976, began among a small group of American soldiers. It is thought that in 1918 the infection travelled from Camp Funston in Kansas to France. If true, this was one of the most calamitous ironies of history; men who had volunteered to help end the slaughter of the First World War in Europe were the unwitting conduits of a killer that within a year or so would claim up to an estimated 50 million lives – killing more people than the entire conflict and more than any single outbreak of disease in human history, including the Black Death and Aids.

Not that we entered WWI to save lives.

Posted by Orrin Judd at May 1, 2009 9:57 PM
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