publication date: Sunday, December 13, 2009 (part of Round XLI)

category: Medicine

clue: American fears of a porcine pandemic went into overdrive when we lost one of our own.

explanation: When she died in May 2009, Trunnell was the first American victim of H1N1, also known as swine flu. more…

solved by: Russ Wilhelm, Steve West, Samir Mehta, LaVonne Lemler, Chris Lemler, Richard Slominsky, Denise Sawicki, Mike Rothstein, Steve Dunn, Amy Austin, Erik Bates, Mike Eberhart, Aaron Shurtleff, Scott Horowitz, Ryan Dunn, Walter Chesser, Jesse King, and Melissa Anderson

trivia: Scott struggled over whether to take advantage of a real person's sad demise, but decided that H1N1 was a large part of 2009 and deserved to be included. He gave up trying to find the name of the first victim to die in America, and chose the first American victim instead.

2009 Year in Review This goo was part of 2009 Year in Review. These ordinary people became overnight celebrities, inspiring the headlines that made 2009 memorable.



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