Published DateMEREDITH — Tthe Genealogy Club at the Meredith Public Library on Tuesday, May 7 at 4 p.m. for a lecture on the "The 1918 Flu Pandemic" given by Marion Girard-Dorsey, Assistant Professor of History at UNH.
Her presentation will cover the 1918 flu pandemic (Spanish Flu) that spread across the world. While World War I did not cause the flu, the close troop quarters and massive troop movements hastened the pandemic and probably both increased transmission and augmented mutation; it may also have increased the lethality of the virus.
It is estimated that 10% to 20% of those who were infected died...3% to 6% of the entire global population. This pandemic has been described as "the greatest medical holocaust in history" and may have killed more people than the Black Death. This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.