Date registered: Sep 2004
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RE: Global crisis fear on bird flu
We started recording some of my grandmother's recollections a year or so back. She is not quite 100 yrs old and was a pre-teen during the 1918 flu. Until that time I had no idea she had gone thru something that horrible. She told of how their family was quarantined after her aunt came down with it, and what it was like to be 12 years old locked in a small house where people she loved were dying. Everyone in the house became deathly ill, and it became a place where the sick tried to take care of the sick. Her aunt and her younger sister both perished, and her most vivid memories were of looking out the window and seeing coffins stacked on the sidewalk, and how they all would have starved if not for the neighbor who left a pail of milk outside the front door each day. PBS has a special they run on the flu every so often, everyone should see it - psychologists say it was so horrible it has been erased from our collective unconcious. This is truly disturbing news. There is even a theory that says this type of flu, which science still does not have identified, runs on an approximate 100 year cycle, which means we are due for it. It strikes urban areas the hardest - in 1918 it followed the rail lines. Towns the trains passed thru were spared, while the ones where passengers, many the soldiers returning from WWI trenches, disembarked became engulfed in epidemic. The virus is airborne, and you catch it simply by breathing the air an infected person has exhaled.