In late January 1918, Dr. Loren Miner, a country physician in rural Kansas, saw the first cases of an influenza of a violent nature. His warning to the U.S. Public Health Service was the lone voice of alarm about the potential spread of this virulent new strain of a particularly deadly disease. With hundreds of thousands of American servicemen crisscrossing the nation through military training camps and then shipping off to Europe to fight in World War I, an influenza pandemic wasn't just a possibility, but a certainty. The virus swept through congested cities and rural communities alike, killing its victims in days, sometimes in hours. Before the deadly disease finished running its course in 1919, more American soldiers died from the flu than died in combat, more than one-fifth of the world's population was infected, and as many as 100 million people worldwide died from the disease that caused the most devastating pandemic in history.
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Paul Kupperberg is a writer and editor with more than a dozen books of nonfiction-on topics that include medicine, science, and history-to his credit
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