"A Fire That Scorches Us All"
stories and resources related to the 1918 influenza pandemic and to modern
research into the character of the 1918 virus
M.A.J. McKenna, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Copyright on all stories linked from this page is retained by the Atlanta
Journal-Constitution unless otherwise indicated. Reporting on modern research
into the 1918 viral strain was supported by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution;
reporting on the 1918 experience was supported by the John and James Knight
Foundation of Miami through the Michigan Journalism Fellows Program of
the University of Michigan.
October 1997: The 1918 experience, the Taubenberger
team, the Duncan team, the continued problem of pandemic planning.
December 1997: The Hong Kong H5N1 outbreak.
February 1998: Johan Hultin's Alaska expedition.
August 1998: The Duncan team prepares to go to
August 1998: The Duncan team in Svalbard.
November 1999: Samples from Svalbard unexpectedly
February 2001: Taubenberger and colleagues try
a 1918 gene in lab mice.
Websites dealing with 1918:
home page of the Duncan team
announcing the Taubenberger team's work (requires registration)
for the American Society of Microbiology, summing up their work to date
of the epidemic in the U.S. military, Otis Historical Archives, National
Museum of Health and Medicine
oral histories of the impact of the flu in: Camp
Funston (later Fort Riley), Ks.; Monessen,
Creek, Mt.; Wales,
The American Experience, PBS
home page of the flu
branch, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
flu fact sheet,
National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes
FluNet, World Health Organization
site devoted to the H5N1
Hong Kong outbreak