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Spit Spreads Death: The Influenza Pandemic of 1918-19 in Philadelphia

  • 17 Oct 2019
  • Mutter Museum

Spit Spreads Death: The Influenza Pandemic of 1918-19 in Philadelphia

OPENING OCTOBER 17, 2019

A century ago, a worldwide health disaster hit home. The influenza pandemic of 1918–19, the global epidemic often called the “Spanish flu,” killed 50 to 100 million people worldwide.  

Here in Philadelphia, the Liberty Loan Parade, a patriotic wartime effort on September 28, 1918, helped to spread the disease. Soon, the city was in crisis. Hospitals overflowed and bodies piled up in morgues. Philadelphia had the highest death rate of any major American city during the pandemic. More than 12,000 people died in six weeks; over 20,000 died in six months. 

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