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

Headline: “Many in Camps Die of Influenza”

Source: Spokesman-Review, September 22, 1918, page 1

Subject: The spreading epidemic

Synopsis: The influenza epidemic continues to spread among army and navy camps. Camp Devens in Massachusetts is under quarantine by order of the city of Ayer, and about 17 soldiers have died in the past 24 hours. At Camp Dix in New Jersey, 14 people died the previous day. The epidemic appears to have lessened in New York and Boston. The influenza has spread to Rhode Island, Philadelphia, Buffalo, and Boulder.

Notable Quotation(s):

• “Military authorities called attention today to the quarantine issued by the board of health of the town of Ayer against the camp and ordered that it be obeyed.”

• “Thirty cases of influenza among 250 Montana men in the army technical school at the University of Colorado here were reported today…. These are the first cases of the epidemic reported in Colorado.”

“Many in Camps Die of Influenza”

Two Officers and 15 Privates Succumb in Bay State.

14 in New Jersey

179 New Cases and 15 of Pneumonia Reported in 24 Hours.

By Associated Press.

            AYER, Mass., Sept. 21. – Two officers and 16 privates died in Camp Devens today as a result of influenza and pneumonia. The officers were Lieutenant Cornish of Windsor, Vt., a chaplain, and Lieutenant Jacob Rosenberg of Fall River, Mass.

            Military authorities called attention today to the quarantine issued by the board of health of the town of Ayer against the camp and ordered that it be obeyed. No passes for men to go home Sunday were issued today.

Epidemic Under Control.

            CAMP DIX, N.J., Sept. 21. – Fourteen deaths from Spanish influenza occurred here today.

            Although 179 new cases of influenza and 15 cases of pneumonia following influenza were reported within the last 24 hours, the camp medical authorities asserted that they have the epidemic under control.

New York Cases Decrease.

            NEW YORK, Sept. 21. – The number of Spanish influenza cases reported to the health department in this city today showed a decrease compared with the previous two days, there being 20 new victims, as compared with 31 yesterday and 38 the day before. Only one death has resulted thus far. These figures do not include cases at the marine or army hospitals.

Five Deaths in Naval District.

            NEWPORT, R.I., Sept. 21. – The influenza epidemic in the second naval district resulted in five deaths today with the development of 124 new cases. Eighty of the additional patients were from the naval training station.

Sixteen Die in Philadelphia.

            PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 21. – Sixteen deaths from Spanish influenza were reported in Philadelphia and vicinity today, eight among the civil population and the same number among the men of the fourth naval district.

Naval Camps Hit.

            WASHINGTON, Sept. 21. – Naval reports show Spanish influenza is prevalent at the training camps at the Great Lakes station, at the Boston and Philadelphia stations and the marine training camp at Quantico, Va.

Polish Fighters Stricken.

            BUFFALO, N.Y., Sept. 21. – The health department here has been officially informed that more than 300 soldiers in training in the Polish division at Niagara on the Lake are suffering from Spanish influenza.

Boston Deaths Fewer.

nt showed 13 deaths among civilians due to influenza and pneumonia during the last 12 hours, a slight reduction from the total of previous days. In addition there were six deaths of merchant marine apprentices in hospitals here.

Montana Men Afflicted.

            BOULDER, Col., Sept. 21. – Thirty cases of influenza among 250 Montana men in the army technical school at the University of Colorado here were reported today. All of the cases developed within 48 hours. These are the first cases of the epidemic reported in Colorado. None of the cases, it was said, is serious.