Children's LiteratureIn a little over one year's time the influenza virus of 1918 killed anywhere from 20 to 40 million people worldwide. Despite the rapid growth and extensive toll of this deadly virus, there exists little information today that documents this deadly pandemic. Many people do not take the relatively mild symptoms of influenza very seriously. It can begin with a fever, sore throat, and mild body aches. These symptoms intensify quickly and death from pneumonia can result. This book chronicles the rapid spread of the 1918 pandemic from its inception during World War I to its eventual halt in the spring of 1919. The world today is better prepared to handle a major pandemic, but it is certainly not immune to the influenza virus. Part of the "Epidemic!" series, this book uses everyday language to provide the reader with a thorough understanding of the influenza virus and the never-ending efforts to defend against it. 2005, Benchmark Books, Ages 10 up.