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While the allies battled an enemy in the fields and trenches of Europe inthe entire world would have to engage and fight a seemingly invisible enemy that wasn't isolated to war combatants on the field of battle. The Influenza Pandemic widely known as the Spanish Influenza Pandemic, at the time of would tally a greater mortality rate than that of all who were killed during combat in WWI. No one is quite sure where exactly the Influenza originated, but once it began to spread there was no hiding from this silent and deadly disease.
In the U. Conditions around the globe would mimic that of the Black Death Bubonic Plague in the 14th century. In Chillicothe and at Camp Sherman, the disease spread just as quickly as it did everywhere else. Thousands of residents and soldiers were infected in a very short time.
Approximately 5, cases of influenza were documented among Camp Sherman soldiers in Statewide in Ohio, hundreds of thousands of people became infected and tens of thousands died. During one week alone in the fall of1, people were confirmed to have died throughout the state. Bodies would be "stacked like cordwood" at the theater while it was operated as a morgue. Body fluids that were drained during the embalming process ran off into the alley next to the theater giving it the dubious nickname of "Blood Alley. As these wagons made their way through Chillicothe, funeral hymns were played to reflect the somber mood.
As with all public places in the U. All personnel at Camp Sherman were quarantined from Chillicothe as well. By summer ofthe pandemic would come to an end as the influenza ran its course and the world's population built up an immunity towards it. This was a pandemic that the world had never seen the likes of before and hasn't seen the likes since.
While other strains of influenza have popped up through the years sincethe Influenza Pandemic of Spanish Flu remains one of the most devastating and deadliest diseases that the world has ever seen. Explore This Park.
Soldiers who survived the Influenza outbreak awaiting transport back to Camp Sherman from downtown Chillicothe. A group of female Red Cross ambulance attendants in St. Louis, MO. The local Chillicothe newspaper informing residents about the current status of the camp quarantine due to Influenza.
Time and Change By summer ofthe pandemic would come to an end as the influenza ran its course and the world's population built up an immunity towards it. Army Camp Hospital No. You Might Also Like. Loading Tags: wwi training homefront medical history camp sherman.
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The Influenza Pandemic of at Camp Sherman