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Balto The Sled Dog And The Race To Nome

Balto The Sled Dog And The Race To Nome

Diptheria. Most people today vaguely recall this as one of the human diseases that they and their children are now vaccinated against. But in the early 1920’s, before the development of the vaccine, the word diptheria struck terror in the hearts of parents, as it was a major cause of illness and death, especially in children. In the U.S. alone, there were 206,000 cases recorded and 15,520 of these cases resulted in death. In January of 1925, Curtis Welch, the only doctor in Nome, Alaska, started seeing cases of the deadly disease. Dr. Welch had ordered diptheria antitoxin months before…
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Where Did Dogs Come From?

Where Did Dogs Come From?

Dogs and humans. We’ve been together a long, long time. In fact, some scientists say we’ve been hanging around with each other for over 15,000 years. Now that’s a real friendship! When you look at all the different dog breeds, especially the huge variation in size, from a tiny Chihuahua to a towering Great Dane, it’s hard to believe they are the same species. But all dogs have a common history. Dogs are members of the biological family Canidae, which is why they are also called canines. The canids are a subset of a bigger group known as Carnivora. According…
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