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This Day in Georgia History

October 18, 1918

Spanish Flu Hit Cartersville

The State Board of Health met and recognized the seriousness of the Spanish influenza epidemic. Along with federal health authorities present a resolution was passed allowing an executive committee of the State Board to take whatever actions necessary to control the disease wherever it might appear in Georgia. A report on new cases in the previous 24 hours was given - statewide there had been 2,749 new cases, with 48 deaths. Hardest hit was Cartersville, with almost 1000 new cases the previous day.

To view the report on the influenza epidemic in Georgia, see the Georgia Archives