The topic that I chose to research is known as the Flu Epidemic of 1918. Now we are all aware of what the common flu consists of, maybe a runny nose, or watery eyes, and sometimes even vomiting or a cough. There is a wide range of bacteria types that can emit the influenza virus. Just so we are clear, Bacteria are one-celled organisms that live on their own. They can multiply and reproduce by subdivision.
The influenza epidemic occurred from March 1918, to June 1920. Though that seems like an extremely long time, you must remember that there was a lot of disease and what we know about medication and antibiotics now, was not even existent back then. This contagious infection spread quickly, and without warning it hit the Arctic and remote pacific islands. It is estimated that 50-100 million people died in total, but that was over a span of 2-3 years.
The first known influenza infection was found and recorded in the United States, in Fort Riley, Kansas (March 4, 1918). The second known and documented case was located in Queens, New York (March 11, 1918). The third documented case was found in Brest, France (August, 1918), the fourth case was documented in the United States, Boston Massachusetts.