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

Headline: “Epidemic Soon Over, Says Report”

Source: Spokane Daily Chronicle, December 17, 1918, page 6

Subject: The decreasing epidemic

Synopsis: Dr. J.B. Anderson, Spokane’s health officer, reports that there is a marked decrease in the number of new cases of influenza in the city. Twenty eight cases were reported the day before, with four deaths.

Notable Quotation:

• “At 3 o’clock this afternoon, 28 new cases of influenza and four of pneumonia had been received at the health department office.”

“Epidemic Soon Over, Says Report”

Health Officer Reports Only Twenty-Eight New Flu Cases; Four Deaths.

            At 3 o’clock this afternoon, 28 new cases of influenza and four of pneumonia had been received at the health department office. According to Dr. J.B. Anderson, health officer, the daily reports rendered to the health department sho wa [show a, sic] continued and steady decrease in the number of both influenza and pneumonia cases. While the death rate also is falling off.

            Four deaths were officially reported to the health department today.