Story: Epidemics

Influenza pandemic, Christchurch, 1918 (1st of 3)

The main image shows a tramcar that was converted to a flu-prevention centre. People were sprayed with a solution of zinc sulfate which was believed to kill the flu. The inset photos show Boy Scouts delivering food destined for the homes of sick people and a volunteer being driven to visit a patient in a motorcycle sidecar.

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Geoff Rice, 'Epidemics - The influenza era, 1890s to 1920s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 9 April 2020)

Story by Geoff Rice, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 15 May 2018