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Throwback Tulsa: Remembering the 1918 worldwide flu pandemic
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Throwback Tulsa: Remembering the 1918 worldwide flu pandemic

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"By Oct. 16, Tulsa was running out of caskets."

Quarantine has been in the news lately, but it was very real in Tulsa in the fall of 1918.

In Tulsa and elsewhere, doctors were required to report every influenza case so that patients could be quarantined – with signs placed on the front doors of victims – and their homes fumigated by the health department.

A worldwide influenza pandemic was under way, and local officials were scrambling to contain the scourge that is said to have killed up to 30 million people including at least 550,000 Americans.

In Oklahoma, 7,350 people died of influenza and related infections between Oct. 1, 1918, and April 1, 1919.

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