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Pandemic: The Deadly Flu of 1918

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by Renata Hopkins

Most students are aware of New Zealand’s participation in the First World War, but few will know of the flu pandemic that swept across the world in its aftermath. In New Zealand, the epidemic took over nine thousand lives in under two months – an appalling number, especially if compared with the eighteen thousand soldiers whose lives were lost to the war. This article conveys the horror of the event while imparting factual information about how the virus spread and how the government and communities tried to deal with it.

Series: School Journal Level 4 June 2018

Learning area: English, Social Sciences

Curriculum level: 4

Reading year level: 8

Category: Non-fiction

Related titles: Listed in TSM

Topics: 1918, Black November, change, flu, health, influenza epidemic, New Zealand history, pandemics, public health, survival, the First World War, viral mutations, viruses

In: School Journal Level 4 June 2018

Publication date: June 2018

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