Advice on Spanish Influenza from the US Public Health Service

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Advice on Spanish Influenza from the US Public Health Service - SPANISH INFLUENZA THE NEW DISEASE IN NATION (By...
SPANISH INFLUENZA THE NEW DISEASE IN NATION (By tho l iiitcd Suites Public Health Service) No other communicable disease which assumes epidemic proportions spreads so rapidly or attacks Indiscriminately so largo a proportion of the population as does Bpanlsh Influenza; there, While statements tlwt eight Million persons have been at-atlacked ln Spain alone may bo exaggeration, it is probably true there has been a wide prevalence of the disease. ' Past epidemics have been characterized by profound prostration out of all proportion to the intensity of tho disease; hence It is not improbable that tho disease has Impaired tho efficiency of the German army, as reported. The present outbreak appears to be characterized by a peculiarly sudden onset, tho victim being struck down with dlziness, weakness pains in various parts of tho body, while on duty or In the street. There is a sharp rise of temperature to 103 and 104 degross, complaints of headache, pains In tho back an photophobia. The throat feels sore, there Ib a congestion of the pharnyx, and In some -instances laryngitis and bron-tihitls. Something also similar to trench fever is sometime found In the Influenza patient. The - fever generally falls ln three or four days and the patient recovers rapidly. Few fatalities are reported. When there Is denth. it is usually from acute bronchitis, '.villi terminal failure of the right h.:arl. There was an epidemic of this disease in 1889 and 1893 ln Great Urltain. . Treatment Uest in bed, warmth, fresh air, abundant food, Dover's powdors for the relief of pain. The convalescent requires careful nursing to avoid serious consetjuencps. tlources of Infection Secretions of the throat and nose, pasages, conveyed on handkerchiefs, towels, cups and mcssgear or other methods. In- I focted persons should be kept separate as much as possible from those not Infected, lleds should be screened. There la no practical quarantine, and disinfection can be only general. Attending nurses may wear agHuze mahk. During the epidemic, I persons should avoid crowded assem- biases such as street cars and working places. Treat as a bad cold. and I

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  1. Winston-Salem Journal,
  2. 27 Sep 1918, Fri,
  3. Page 7

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