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Black Flu 1918: The story of New Zealand's worst public health disaster

Black Flu 1918: The story of New Zealand's worst public health disaster
 

The influenza pandemic of 1918 was New Zealand's worst-ever public health disaster. In the space of about 6 weeks, over 6400 Pakeha died and an estimated 2500 Maori. This book shows how we coped back in 1918 and the lessons learned that may still be useful today. It is an inspiri... read full description below.

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ISBN 9781927145951
Published 1 January 2018 by Canterbury University Press
Format Paperback, None ed.
Author(s) By Rice, Geoffrey
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ISBN-13 9781927145951
ISBN-10 1927145953
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Publisher Canterbury University Press
Imprint Canterbury University Press
Publication Date 1 January 2018
Publication Country New Zealand New Zealand
Format Paperback, None ed.
Edition None ed.
Author(s) By Rice, Geoffrey
Category History
Australasian & Pacific History
Public Health & Preventive Medicine
NZ, Maori & Pasifika
Maori
New Zealand & Related
Number of Pages 96
Dimensions Width: 210mm
Height: 265mm
Weight Not specified - defaults to 600g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text Regional History
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 614.518099309041
Catalogue Code 763252

Description of this Book

Many New Zealand families were affected by the 1918 influenza pandemic. In the space of about six weeks, over 6400 Pakeha died and an estimated 2500 Maori. That equals nearly half the total of New Zealand soldiers killed in the First World War. Yet these were civilians, dying in the first month of peace. This was New Zealand's worst-ever public health disaster. The whole country seemed to shut down for several weeks in November 1918. Because the victims' bodies turned black when they died, many believed it was the plague.Could it happen again? The risk of another major influenza pandemic is even greater now, thanks to international jet travel. Global flu surveillance should give us better warning, and we now have anti-viral drugs and antibiotics to deal with the secondary pneumonia that was the real killer in 1918. But do we have the systems in place to deal with another massive health crisis?
This book shows how we coped back in 1918 - the response of public health officials, how the sick were nursed, how thousands of convalescents were fed and the lessons learned that may still be useful today. It is an inspiring and fascinating story that all New Zealanders need to know about.

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Author's Bio

Dr Geoffrey Rice was Professor of History at the University of Canterbury, where he lectured in European history for nearly 40 years until his retirement in 2012.

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