Spokane and the Nation: The Influenza Epidemic of 1918-1919

Headline: “Influenza Still Rages”

Source: Spokesman-Review, September 28, 1918, page 2

Subject: The spreading epidemic

Synopsis: In the past 24 hours, there have been 6,842 new cases of influenza reported at the country’s army camps, and 170 deaths. Medical help is being rushed to Maryland, where the epidemic first hit the civilian population. Additionally, Montana is seeing its first cases of influenza.

Notable Quotations:

• “Spanish influenza has made its appearance in Montana, six cases being reported today and Montana physicians are urged to report all cases coming under their observation to county health officers immediately.”

• “The victims have been isolated.”

“Influenza Still Rages”

Over 6000 New Cases Reported in 24 Hours.

Total for All Camps, 42,367 – Pneumonia Shows a Slight Decrease.

            WASHINGTON, Sept. 27. – Spanish influenza continued to spread today in army camps, 6824 new cases having been reported to the office of the surgeon general of the army during the 24-hour period ending at noon. This was an increase of 685 over the new cases reported yesterday and brought the total for all camps to 42,367.

            Pneumonia cases showed a slight decrease, 717 new cases being reported today, compared with 723 yesterday. Deaths today were 170, mostly from pneumonia.

Decrease at Great Lakes.

            CHICAGO, Sept. 27. – Further progress in the battle against the epidemic of Spanish influenza at the Great Lakes naval training station was recorded today by Captain William A. Moffett, commandant. There were only 133 new cases reported in the last 24-hour period, as against 175 the previous day and 433 sailors returned to duty. At present there are 2357 men under treatment, although the total number of cases since the beginning of the epidemic is 8373.

Rush Aid to Bay State.

            BOSTON, Sept. 27. – Word that scores of physicians and nurses were being rushed to Massachu[s]etts from various sections of the country in answer to the state’s call for aid in fighting the epidemic of influenza and the weather bureau’s promise of continued sunshine, admittedly the best preventative of the disease, greatly encouraged local and state health officers today.

Disease Reaches Montana.

            HELENA, Sept. 27. – Spanish influenza has made its appearance in Montana, six cases being reported today and Montana physicians are urged to report all cases coming under their observation to county health officers immediately.

            Dr. E.D. Baker reported one case from Twin Bridges and Dr. L.R. Packard of Whitehall reported five cases there, which came direct from the Great Lakes naval training station at Chicago, one of the Whitehall patients having been visiting his brother, who was ill with the disease at the training station. The victims have been isolated.