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At the time the prevailing epidemic of influenza was at its height in New England, numerous cases of coryza and bronchitis appeared at Camp Sherman. The picture was not characteristic of influenza, but the condition was so frequently noticed among the patients of the base hospital that isolation was instituted and special wards set aside for this purpose. The absence of the usual features of influenza led to considerable
comment as to the justification of such a diagnosis. This uncertainty was abruptly and definitely terminated by the sudden appearance of large numbers of patients exhibiting characteristics of clinical influenza. Unlike the simple syndrome of the earlier cases, the new group was featured by sharper onset, prostration, aches and pains, and high temperature. By September 24 the transition had occurred, and this date marks the beginning of a definite epidemic of clinical influenza.
At this time the population of the camp
FRIEDLANDER A, McCORD CP, SLADEN FJ, WHEELER GW. THE EPIDEMIC OF INFLUENZA AT CAMP SHERMAN, OHIO. JAMA. 1918;71(20):1652–1656. doi:10.1001/jama.1918.26020460003010