The Swine Flu Epidemic of the 1970s Early in the year of 1976, a soldier assigned to Fort Dix, New Jersey voluntarily reported for a hike despite a diagnosis of flu symptoms. Before reaching the end of the 50-mile hike, the Army recruit collapsed in the snow and died. The death of an otherwise healthy young man fueled dread of a flu epidemic in the medical personnel at Fort Dix that alerted the U.S. government. Private Lewis’ death was thought to be a tipping point for a lethal type of flu with tremendous potential for reaching epidemic proportions (De Justo par. 5). The medical tests at Fort Dix revealed the flu to be a type of influenza not seen since a plague had spread through the country as soldiers returned from war in 1918. The 1918...The end:
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