The day the serum arrived at Nome – level 2


In January 1925, the city of Nome located in Alaska had a big problem. People were dying because of a dangerous disease. The only hope was to transport life-saving serum to Nome as quickly as possible. However, the city was isolated from the rest of the world and the weather was so bad that no plane could be used to deliver the serum.

The only option was to transport the serum by dog sled.

The journey was over 1,000 km long. It went through dangerous terrain with temperatures dropping below −40 °C.

The serum was transported by teams made of people and dogs. Each team traveled around 50 to 80 km. Then it handed the serum to the next team.

The serum arrived in Nome on February 2, 1925, just six days after the decision was made to transport it by dog sled, and many lives were saved.

Difficult words: serum (medicine), sled (a vehicle used for travel on snow).

What impact did the successful delivery of the serum have on Nome?


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