A pandemic relates to geographical spread and is used to describe a disease that affects a whole country or the entire world.  Over human history it is estimated pandemics have killed 300 – 500 million people over 12,000 years.
  1. The origins of the 1918 Influenza pandemic, otherwise known as Spanish Flu, are still being debated today.  Current research indicates this pandemic may have originated in:
  1. East Asia, Europe or Kansas
  2. New York, Madrid or London
  3. Rome, Glasgow or Boston
 
  1. What was different about the 1918 Influenza pandemic, compared to earlier flu pandemics?
  1. It targeted children, rather than young adults or the elderly.
  2. It targeted young adults, rather than children or the elderly.
  3. It targeted anyone over the age of 40, rather than children or young adults.
 
  1. The Plague of Justinian (541 – 542 AD) is not only believed to have killed 25 million people; but is also the first recorded evidence of the Bubonic Plague.  At the height of this pandemic the hardest hit city was Constantinople.  It is estimated what percentage of this city’s population died?
  1. 40 percent
  2. 50 percent
  3. 60 percent
 
  1. How many people is it estimated died from The Black Death (Bubonic Plague) during the 1346 – 1353 pandemic?
  1. 25 million
  2. 30 million
  3. 35 million
 
  1. Over history there has been seven cholera pandemics, all believed to have originated in which country?
  1. Mongolia
  2. China
  3. India
 
Answers:
  1. A - East Asia, Europe or Kansas
  2. B - It targeted healthy young adults, rather than children or the elderly.
  3. A – 40% (at the height of this pandemic it was estimated 5,000 people were dying daily)
  4. A – 25 million
  5. C - India