March 4 1918 – The First Case of Spanish Flu is Reported at Fort Riley, Kansas

March 4 1918 – The First Case of Spanish Flu is Reported at Fort Riley, KansasRate this post *Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons Albert Gitchell, a young cook in the United States Army stationed at Fort Riley in northern Kansas, reported to a military hospital on March 4, 1918 complaining of a fever. In diagnosing Gitchell with a virus, doctors were unaware of the significance of the find: the patient had the first confirmed case of Spanish flu, one of the deadliest illnesses in the history of the world. With World War I raging in Europe, hundreds of thousands of men from all over the planet converged to fight on behalf […]