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Date(s) - 07/13/2018
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Tularosa Dry Goods


“As Dangerous as Poison Gas Shells”: The 1918 Spanish Influenza Pandemic and New Mexico’s Response,” by Jeffery R. Hanson.

Where and When: Friday, July 13th, in Tularosa.

This year marks the 100thanniversary of the 1918 Spanish influenza pandemic, one of the worst in recorded history. Subsequently identified as an Influenza A/H1N1 strain, it and its lethal companion, pneumonia, killed over 50 million people worldwide, including 675,000 in the United States. In New Mexico the death toll was little over 1,000 people. Through the eyes of contemporaneous newspaper accounts JRI Research Associate Jeffery Hanson chronicles the arrival and progress of Spanish influenza in New Mexico, along with the public health response, medicinal applications, and what is now known about the virology of the pathogens involved.