Flu runs rampant in many communities at this time of year, but thus far, this year's level of activity has not reached that of 1918. In that year, over 7000 Arkansans were known to have died from the flu after the illness swept across the United States and to the battlefields in Europe during World War I. North Little Rock's Camp Pike (later renamed Camp Robinson), a major army training center, suffered greatly, with the infirmary admitting up to 1000 men per day. Even Arkadelphia was quarantined in October of 1918 in an effort to prevent the spread of the flu. The schools and colleges closed, as did the "moving picture show."
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Richter, Wendy Bradley, "Arkadelphia quarantined to prevent flu outbreak" (2017). Articles. 187.