THE 1918 Spanish flu killed up to 50 million people around the world and has been called “the mother of all pandemics”. Let’s take a closer look at the deadly virus. What was the Spanish flu and how many people died? The 1918 Spanish flu pandemic was the deadliest outbreak of the virus in history. An estimated 500 million people across the globe caught the illness. While there are no official figures documenting the exact number of deaths it is thought that between 20 million and 50 million lives were lost. The flu was first observed in Europe, the US and parts of Asia before it quickly spread throughout the world. It was wrongly named the Spanish flu because it was first reported in the Madrid daily newspaper ABC. However, modern scientists now believe the virus could have started in Kansas, US. In 1918, there was no vaccination to protect against flu. It was later discovered that in many victims the vicious virus had invaded their lungs and caused pneumonia. What caused the pandemic? In 2014, scientists revealed that they had solved the mystery of how the Spanish started and why it became so deadly. A study by the Proceedings… Read full this story
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