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The famous diphtheria outbreak of 1925 in Nome, Alaska captured the nation's attention when the life-saving antitoxin was rushed to the remote town overland by dog-sled. It was dubbed the "great Race of Mercy" and was the inspiration for the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race held each March since 1973.

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What epidemic hit Nome in 1925?

The epidemic that hit Nome in 1925 was diphtheria. Due to the urgent need for a life-saving serum to prevent the spread of the disease, a group of sled dogs, led by Balto, raced across Alaska to deliver the medicine to Nome. This event became known as the Nome Serum Run or the Great Race of Mercy.

What is the Name of the dog that helped deliver mdicine to nome during diphtheria outbreak?


What famous dog helped the people of Nome during the diphtheria epidemic?

Balto, a Siberian husky

Which northwest United States city got its name due to a cartographer's typo?

Nome, Alaska Nome and the Iditarod The Iditarod Race came into being in large part because of a diphtheria epidemic in Nome, Alaska in February, 1925. Nome citizens needed a diphtheria serum to fight the epidemic, and the only way to get the serum to Nome in the middle of winter was to use sled dogs and mushers. This background story eventually led to the creation of the Iditarod Race in 1973. The name "Nome" According to Wikipedia the origin of the name "Nome" is still under debate, with one possible story being that the name "Name" was mistakenly read as "Nome", so a mapmaker used "Nome" as the name of the city. Another possibility is that the name Nome was given by the city's founded, Jafet Lindeberg, originally of Norway. Near his childhood home in Norway there is an area known as Nome Valley.

When was the first long Iditarod race run to Nome?

The first Iditarod was held in 1973. Yupperz=)

How long is the Ididerod Trail?

It's spelled Iditarod and it starts in Anchorage and ends in Nome. It's 1,150 miles but the official distance is 1,049 miles. It's remembered for the 1925 serum run for the diphtheria stricken town of Nome.

Is balto real?

Yes, Balto was a real sled dog that helped deliver diphtheria antitoxin to Nome, Alaska in 1925 during a diphtheria outbreak. Balto and his team ran the final leg of the journey and became famous for their heroic efforts.

Who is Balto and what heroic thing did he do?

Balto was a Siberian husky sled dog that led is team in delivering the anti-toxin for diphtheria from Anchorage to Nome and he used the Iditarod trail.

When did diphtheria start in Alaska?

Diphtheria has been around for thousands of years. Hippocrates was the first to describe it in the fifth century. In the 1880s, F. Loffler discovered it was caused by a bacteria and sometime in the 1920s a vaccine was produced.

How many people are affected by Diphtheria?

Today there are approximately 0-5 cases of diphtheria per year in the United States.

Who was Balto and why was he famous?

Balto (1919 - March 14, 1933) was a Siberian Husky sled dog who led his team on the final leg of the 1925 serum run to Nome, in which diphtheria antitoxin was transported from Anchorage, Alaska, to Nenana, Alaska, by train and then to Nome by dog sled to combat an outbreak of the disease .

How many people are affected by diphtheria today?

Today there are approximately 0-5 cases of diphtheria per year in the United States.