ï~~The Journal of
Laboratory and Clinical
VOL. III. JUNE, 1918 No. 9
Editor-in-Chief: VICTOR C. VAUGHAN, M.D.
Ann Arbor, Mich.
DENNIS E. JACKSON, M.D. - - ST. LOUIS
HANS ZINSSER, M.D. - - - NEW YORK
PAUL G. WOOLLEY, M.D. - - CINCINNATI
FREDERICK P. GAY, M.D. - - BERKELEY, CAL.
J. J. R. MACLEOD, M.B. - - - CLEVELAND
ROY G. PEARCE, M.D. - - - CLEVELAND
ROGER S. MORRIS, M.D. - - - CINCINNATI
GERALD B. WEBB, M.D. - COLORADO SPRINGS
E. E. SOUTHARD, M.D. - - - - BOSTON
Contents of this Journal Copyright, 1918, by The C. V. Mosby Company-All Rights Reserved
Entered at the Post Office at St. Louis, Mo., as Second-Class Matter
An Explosive Epidemic of Influenzal Disease at Fort Oglethorpe
M AJOR SOPER makes a report upon the above-named epidemic of which
the following is an abstract:
A disease strongly resembling influenza became prevalent in the Oglethorpe
camps about March 18, 1918. It soon assumed pandemic proportions. Within
two weeks every organization in Camp Forrest and the Reserve Officers' Training Camp was affected. It seems to have visited only a part of Camp Greenleaf.
The War Prison barracks were not invaded. After about three weeks the
epidemic subsided rapidly. The number of cases sent to hospital or to quarters wa 1,468 in a total strength of 28,586. Owing to the fact that many cases
were not severe, the total number of officers and men attended can not be
given; an estimate based on replies to a circular letter of inquiry to the several
organizations of the study of the records of the hospitals indicates that not less
than 2,900 cases have occurred in Chickamauga Park.
The attention of the Camp Surgeon's Office was called to the existence of
this disease on March 18, at which time the writer saw a number of men appear
at sick call in the 51st Infantry, suffering with the disease which the regimental
surgeons were unable to diagnose. The symptoms were as follows: Headache,
pain in the bones and muscles, especially the muscles of the back, marked pros