…A Noble Dog

Firstly, good morning to you all!

It was overwhelming yesterday to receive so many messages, and also to see the number of views the blog had. I can’t see who is reading, but I can see how many – and it’s a lot. Thank you

Many of you asked me to tell you about our trip to Australia, and I most certainly will in the future, but today I wanted to think a bit more about viruses, and quarantines, and self-isolations.

My Mum had diptheria at the age of 11, and was quarantined in her room for many weeks. Her best friend died. She often talked about that experience, but I never really before thought about what it must have meant to that little girl, quarantined in the days before TV and Internet. She was allowed comics, which had to be burnt after she had read them.

So, with really heartfelt thanks to Laura who shared it with me, here is the story of The Great Serum Run:

In 1925, the small Alaskan town of Nome was in the throes of a deadly diphtheria epidemic. To save the town’s inhabitants, 20 teams of sled dogs transported a vital anti-toxin over 674 miles (1,085km) of ice and snow, in just six days, through the most brutal winter conditions for decades.

Of the dogs that took part in the Nome Serum Run, the most celebrated were two Siberian huskies named Balto and Togo.

In 1925, the small Alaskan town of Nome was in the throes of a deadly diphtheria epidemic. To save the town’s inhabitants, 20 teams of sled dogs transported a vital anti-toxin over 674 miles (1,085km) of ice and snow, in just six days, through the most brutal winter conditions for decades.

Of the dogs that took part in the Nome Serum Run, the most celebrated were two Siberian huskies named Balto and Togo.

http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20161014-in-1925-a-remote-town-was-saved-from-lethal-disease-by-dogs

Here’s a short film on YouTube about Balto and the other noble dogs:

And an info clip from the Robert Koch Institute, the Virus experts:

And here is how the Borneos are planning to spend their days in isolation, including Johann’s menu wishes:

A Day on Borneo

And finally, for all the eager beavers, here are some online exercises on health vocabulary:

https://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/vocabulary/intermediate-to-upper-intermediate/health

One thought on “The Great Serum Run, 1925

  1. Dear Carys,

    thank you very much for the invitation to your block, a great idea to stay in touch!
    I will make active use of reading everything!

    It is great to hear from you and that you came back from Australia healthy!
    Even though the trip was only short, you had a great time and met many family members at the party! I am already looking forward to your travel report!

    Many dear greetings, stay healthy, Anita

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