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The killer came from Kansas—or was it China? In any case, it was a world traveler: Before it returned to the Midwest, it trekked via France and Africa to Britain, then back to the American Heartland aboard a ship through Boston Harbor. In a matter of a few weeks it claimed the lives of more than 6,000 Iowans.  This was the influenza virus that unleashed the pandemic of 1918 that took 675,000 American lives and an estimated 25-50 million worldwide. Problem is, within weeks, it seemed as if the greatest disaster to decimate humankind in modern times had never happened.  "One of the Deadliest Killers Ever: 1918’s Flu Pandemic" outlines suspected and documented origins of that cataclysm, as well as charts and maps of the infection’s rates, routes and tolls; articles, photos and other print-media documentation of the disease and its vast impact; a short related film; and Iowans’ response to it.  All this and more on September 27th at 7:00 PM.


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