Skip to main content
    • Aa
    • Aa
  • Get access
    Check if you have access via personal or institutional login
  • Cited by 11
  • Cited by
    This article has been cited by the following publications. This list is generated based on data provided by CrossRef.

    Chandra, Siddharth and Yu, Yan-Liang 2015. The 1918 influenza pandemic and subsequent birth deficit in Japan. Demographic Research, Vol. 33, p. 313.

    Burns, James 2013. Cinema and Society in the British Empire, 1895–1940.

    2012. Nonpharmaceutical Interventions for Pandemic Influenza, National and Community Measures. Emerging Infectious Diseases, Vol. 12, Issue. 1, p. 88.

    Hobday, Richard A. and Cason, John W. 2009. The Open-Air Treatment ofPANDEMICINFLUENZA. American Journal of Public Health, Vol. 99, Issue. S2, p. S236.

    Murray, Christopher JL Lopez, Alan D Chin, Brian Feehan, Dennis and Hill, Kenneth H 2006. Estimation of potential global pandemic influenza mortality on the basis of vital registry data from the 1918–20 pandemic: a quantitative analysis. The Lancet, Vol. 368, Issue. 9554, p. 2211.

    2006. Nonpharmaceutical Interventions for Pandemic Influenza, International Measures. Emerging Infectious Diseases, Vol. 12, Issue. 1, p. 81.

    Mohamed, Jama 1999. Epidemics and public health in early colonial Somaliland. Social Science & Medicine, Vol. 48, Issue. 4, p. 507.

    Pyle, Gerald F. 1999. From African health and influenza pandemics to disease in Russia: the medical history of K. David Patterson. Social Science & Medicine, Vol. 48, Issue. 8, p. 1047.

    Opare‐Akurang, Kwabena 1998. The administration of the abolition laws, African responses, and post‐proclamation slavery in the gold coast, 1874–1940. Slavery & Abolition, Vol. 19, Issue. 2, p. 149.

    Ohadike, Don C. 1991. Diffusion and physiological responses to the influenza pandemic of 1918–19 in Nigeria. Social Science & Medicine, Vol. 32, Issue. 12, p. 1393.

    Hogbin, Vanessa 1985. Railways, disease and health in South Africa. Social Science & Medicine, Vol. 20, Issue. 9, p. 933.


The Influenza Epidemic of 1918–19 in the Gold Coast1

  • K. David Patterson (a1)
  • DOI:
  • Published online: 01 January 2009

The Gold Coast (modern Ghana) was severely attacked by the influenza pandemic of 1918–19. The disease was introduced by shipping along the southern coast and overland across the northern frontier. As was true elsewhere on the continent, the spread of influenza was greatly facilitated by the new colonial transportation network. Quarantines and other preventive measures were futile and therapy, African or British, could do no more than alleviate symptoms. Influenza struck the majority of the population, but mortality rates varied regionally and, to some extent, by occupation. Deaths were especially numerous in the far north. The influenza epidemic killed 100,000 or more people in less than six months and was almost certainly the worst short-term demographic disaster in the history of Ghana.

Linked references
Hide All

This list contains references from the content that can be linked to their source. For a full set of references and notes please see the PDF or HTML where available.

Raymond E. Dumett , ‘The campaign against malaria and the expansion of scientific medical and sanitary services in British West Africa, 1890–1910’, African Historical Studies, 1 (1968), 191–5

Recommend this journal

Email your librarian or administrator to recommend adding this journal to your organisation's collection.

The Journal of African History
  • ISSN: 0021-8537
  • EISSN: 1469-5138
  • URL: /core/journals/journal-of-african-history
Please enter your name
Please enter a valid email address
Who would you like to send this to? *