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Lake County Past: 100 new influenza cases last week

Lake County Past, from the Lake County News-Chronicle archives

Nov. 21, 1918

100 new influenza cases last week

The influenza and pneumonia situation this morning is as follows:

During the week past there were 100 new cases of influenza.

Among these, 20 developed pneumonia.

On Monday and Tuesday, there were 120 people sick abed, and of these, 25 had pneumonia.

Of these 25, one died: Sam Kilbans of Cleveland, Ohio, who was brought here to the hospital from the steamer Midvale on Saturday. He did not regain consciousness, dying Tuesday afternoon.

Since the beginning of the epidemic, there have been 310 cases of flu with 50 pneumonias. Of these, six have died.

Local doctors think the height of the wave has been reached. Most of the 100 new cases were taken with the disease during the first three days of the week and there has been a great decrease since then.

If the cases keep falling off at the present rate, we can assume we are over the worst of the epidemic. It is not believed advisable to open things up at present, but there is a good reason to, expect that the lid can be taken off with safety sometime during the coming week.

There have been about 1,200 people inoculated with the influenza-pneumonia vaccine furnished by the Steel Corporation. It is appearing to give protection. Some have come down with the flu while taking the shots. This is not surprising, as one is not supposed to be protected until he has gone through at least four, and preferably five, inoculations. These usually have not had a serious attack of the disease however...

The influenza is now spreading into the outlying districts now. There are many sick all the way from Knife River to Cramer.

There is no doubt at all that the great flare-up in the epidemic was due to the extreme exposure of such a large number of people during the cold, rainy weather at the time of the victory celebrations, this exposure reducing their resistance and making them easy victims of the disease.

Moral: Take care of yourself.

Nov. 18, 1943

'Calls' reach all time high

The record submitted to M.H. Brickley, manager of the telephone system, on Nov. 12 by his force reveals the reason for the constant appeal of the government to limit telephone conversation to that of necessity.

On Nov. 12, the local exchange handled 11,511 local telephone calls and hooked up 810 incoming long distance calls and 614 outgoing long distance calls.

Mr. Brickley declares it the heaviest day in the history of the local exchange.