Black Pneumonia: What It Is and How it Came to Existence

Black pneumonia can be referenced from the early 1918 influenza flu. The term ‘black’ is define from the same era since it was the same time that Black November was defined after the disease was born. Though tracing to the geographic location of the disease is not yet known, the event is that the black pneumonia has its origin in the New Zealand.

The 1918 pandemic is a memorable one in the minds of New Zealanders. The community was left with a scar that is un-rubbed from the impacts the flu that is today known as black pneumonia had. It was Professor Rice father who experience the detrimental effects of 1918 which Rice and his team of researchers brought into publication. His father narrated on how the atmosphere was filled with agony “lightning fires in the morning and adults were ill lying in the sheds all day, you could find a woman lying besides his husband’s body eyes filled with tears.”

At the end Professor Rice was able to compile a first seller book termed “black November” that detail different families that encountered the pandemic across the New Zealand society.  The first chapter revolves around the society at the time nearing an incoming war and yet an incoming flu that would affect all and sundry. He explains that there was no life in the city for two to three weeks as rumors of an unprecedented civil emergence gushed the air, but yet the height of effect that the flu would give was not yet defined. It was during the war that interviewed individual suggested the US troops was responsible for the outbreak that killed many like flies.

People used sulphate sprayer to prevent the disease from spreading across the expanse. The health department in Auckland had sulphate sprayer in early November of 1918 and his book details information on how sulphate was a potential suppressor of the spread. The history of the black pneumonia explains the sources and the many assumptions that people had concerning the mind threatening illness that amazed many. It shows the attitude people had whether the world had reached its terminal since two coinciding disaster occurred; the Great War and the great flu.

In his second chapter he explains the movement of troops and how it further disbursed flu without people noticing it. This was carried to the great Europe in a single wave through the railway that moved people across the country and in particular the northern and southern hemispheres. This movement contributed to the wide spread of black pneumonia to china where it was defined to be a pneumonic plague.

Today black pneumonia and bubonic pneumonia are known to be of the same form that cropped from China but its predecessor is as defined above. The theory behind the disease is that it was reborn in wild creatures, rodents, and insects found in shambles of cities. The story then reiterates the disease to have been moved to San Francisco then to Mexico by riding fleas on burros. In 1924 the Newspapers are hit with headlines on a certain Mexican woman who caused a series of death in the quarter of Los Angeles.  It follows that the government issues an emergency and a number of armed guards landed on the district to quarantine those infected in order to reduce the spread. The death toll came to 30 but successfully 500 doses of serum was dissipated to do away with the epidemic.

Black pneumonia has its path down history lane, and it’s a dangerous disease that swept a pool of people in New Zealand, today however it is possible to contain it wherever its origin are.

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