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It killed 50 million people!. It infected 20% of the world population!. WWI only killed 16 million by comparison though the returning troops may well have cause in part the unprecedented world wide spread of this disease!. It was devastating!Www@QuestionHome@Com

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1918 flu pandemic
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The 1918 flu pandemic (commonly referred to as the Spanish flu) was an influenza pandemic that spread to nearly every part of the world!. It was caused by an unusually severe and deadly Influenza A virus strain of subtype H1N1!. Historical and epidemiologic data are inadequate to identify the geographic origin of the virus!.[1] Most of its victims were healthy young adults, in contrast to most influenza outbreaks which predominantly affect juvenile, elderly, or otherwise weakened patients!. The Spanish flu lasted from March 1918 to June 1920,[2] spreading even to the Arctic and remote Pacific islands!. It is estimated that anywhere from 20 to 100 million people were killed worldwide,[3] or the approximate equivalent of one third of the population of Europe,[4][5][6] more than double the number killed in World War I!.[7] This extraordinary toll resulted from the extremely high illness rate of up to 50% and the extreme severity of the symptoms, suspected to be caused by cytokine storms!.

The disease was first observed at Fort Riley, Kansas, United States, on March 4, 1918,[8] and Queens, New York, on March 11, 1918!. In August 1918, a more virulent strain appeared simultaneously in Brest, France, in Freetown, Sierra Leone, and in the U!.S!. at Boston, Massachusetts!. The Allies of World War I came to call it the Spanish flu, primarily because the pandemic received greater press attention after it moved from France to Spain in November 1918!. Spain was not involved in the war and had not imposed wartime censorship!.[9]

Scientists have used tissue samples from frozen victims to reproduce the virus for study!. Given the strain's extreme virulence there has been controversy regarding the wisdom of such research!. Among the conclusions of this research is that the virus kills via a cytokine storm, which explains its unusually severe nature and the unusual age profile of its victims (the virus caused an overreaction of the body's immune system—the strong immune systems of young adults ravaged the body, while the weaker immune systems of children and middle-aged adults caused fewer deaths)!.

* 1 Mortality
* 2 History
o 2!.1 Patterns of fatality
o 2!.2 Devastated communities
o 2!.3 Unaffected locales
o 2!.4 Government response
o 2!.5 Cultural impact
* 3 Spanish flu research
* 4 Victims
o 4!.1 Notable fatalities
o 4!.2 Notable survivors
o 4!.3 Fictional
* 5 See also
* 6 References
* 7 Further reading
* 8 External links

[edit] Mortality
The difference between the influenza mortality age-distributions of the 1918 epidemic and normal epidemics!. Deaths per 100,000 persons in each age group, United States, for the interpandemic years 1911–1917 (dashed line) and the pandemic year 1918 (solid line)!.[10]
Chart of deaths in major cities

The global mortality rate from the 1918/1919 pandemic is not known, but is estimated at 2!.5 to 5% of the human population, with 20% or more of the world population suffering from the disease to some extent!. Influenza may have killed as many as 25 million in its first 25 weeks (in contrast, AIDS killed 25 million in its first 25 years)[citation needed]!. Older estimates say it killed 40–50 million people[11] while current estimates say 50 million to 100 million people worldwide were killed!.[12] This pandemic has been described as "the greatest medical holocaust in history" and may have killed more people than the Black Death!.[13]

An estimated 7 million died in India, about 2!.78% of India's population at the time!. In the Indian Army, almost 22% of troops who caught the disease died of it[citation needed]!. In the U!.S!., about 28% of the population suffered, and 500,000 to 675,000 died!. In Britain as many as 250,000 died; in France more than 400,000!. In Canada approximately 50,000 died!. Entire villages perished in Alaska and southern Africa!. Ras Tafari (the future Haile Selassie) was one of the first Ethiopians who contracted influenza but survived,[14] although many of his subjects did not; estimates for the fatalities in the capital city, Addis Ababa, range from 5,000 to 10,000, with some experts opining that the number was even higher,[15] while in British Somaliland one official there estimated that 7% of the native population died from influenza!.[16] In Australia an estimated 12,000 people died and in the Fiji Islands, 14% of the population died during only two weeks, and in Western Samoa 22%!.

This huge death toll was caused by an extremely high infection rate of up to 50% and the extreme severity of the symptoms, suspected to be caused by cytokine storms!.[11] Indeed, sWww@QuestionHome@Com

The Spanish Influenza took over most of the world around the time of World War 1!. It is significant because once the soldiers returned to their homelands, there was no home to venture to! Many people succumbed to the Spanish Flu; all around the world the death toll was rising and rising to all time highs!.

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Little known fact:
Started at Camp Funston, Fort Riley, Kansas!.
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