Washington DC History Resources

Matthew B. Gilmore

October 8, 1918

Evening Star October 8

Read the Washington HeraldOctober 8

12 more deaths were recorded and 2,850 cases of Spanish influenza.

“The 2,850 cases reported do not include a large number of cases voluntarily reported before Fridav, when the order was given. Yesterday there came in the mails to the health officer reports of 1,649 new cases that had not been reported previously. Monday 656 cases were reported. Health Officer Fowler will not make any official estimate of the number of cases in the city, but it is probably close to 5,000, many of which will never be reported to the health authorities.

Despite the epidemic health officials couldn’t stem the influx of war workers.


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