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10 March, 2018 00:00 00 AM
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Spanish flu ‘deadlier’ than World War I

AFP

PARIS: The Spanish flu outbreak 100 years ago is the modern world’s deadliest epidemic, its toll of more than 50 million surpassing that of World War I.

Here is some background, reports AFP.

Countries caught up in the 1914-1918 war censored information about the extent to which the flu outbreak was ravaging their troops.

Spain was, however, neutral in the conflict and had no such restrictions.  Media reporting on the effects of 1918-1920 flu outbreak there resulted in the false impression that Spain was particularly hard hit, giving rise to the nickname.

The geographic origin of the epidemic is not certain and no samples remain for further study.

The first cases were recorded in March 1918 among soldiers in Kansas in the United States. It may have spread to Europe with the troops.

The virus is the type A(H1N1), the same strain behind the swine flu outbreak of 2009. That outbreak claimed about 18,500 lives in 214 countries, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), although later estimates say the final toll could be around 200,000.

 

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