Daily Quiz for October 13, 2012

This disaster that occurred as World War I was drawing to a close killed more people than the war.

  • Eruption of Mt. Vesuvius
  • Flood in central China
  • Spanish flu pandemic
  • Bubonic plague in India


4 Responses

  1. Rudy

    Terrible way to die, but smalllpox and yellow fever killed lots of people too. An interesting book to read on yellow fever is:THE AMERICAN PLAGUE by Molly Caldwell Crosby. Very interesting story of Memphis, TN and the discovery and cure of the disease.

  2. Robert Kapanjie

    There is no cure for yellow fever, then or now. There is only prevention both through vaccination and mosquito erradication. The mosquito vector was shown to be the way the disease was spread by Dr. Carlos Finlay, Walter Reed et al. in Cuba at the turn of the century.

    • Bill Pontarelli

      Wasn’t it Panama during the construction of the canal

  3. Robert Kapanjie

    William Gorgas was Surgeon General of the United States who expanded and implemented the pioneering work of Finlay and Reed. Gorgas controlled the critical mosquito vector by draining swamps, spraying oil on standing water , mosquito nets, etc that enabled the Panama Canal to be completed. The canal was started by the French, under the supervision of Ferdinand de lesseps, the individual who built the Suez Canal. The French expected a clean flat cut through arid land of the Sinai. They did not reckon with mosquitoes and associated illnesses of malaria and yellow fever. Teddy Roosevelt bought the French rights and because of the eradication programs of Gorgas,the Canal was completed in 1914.


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