Today, 96 years ago, Private Albert Martin Gitchell, a company cook at Camp Funston in Kansas, reported to the sick bay with the first documented case of the Spanish Influenza.
Following our Core Conversation on big data and the stories we can tell from it during the SxSW conference, we looked into the family history of Spanish Influenza “patient zero” and pulled together his story represented in a visual way.
It’s easy to look at the Spanish Flu in terms of deaths (some reports have it as 20+ million), but what were the stories of those affected? What was Albert’s story? Did he die as a result of capturing the Spanish Influenza? Find out by viewing his story, told from records and photos.
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