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1) The Spanish flu, also known as the 1918 flu pandemic, was an unusually deadly influenza pandemic. Lasting almost 36 months from January 1918 to December 1920, it infected 500 million persons.
2) The death toll is estimated to have been anywhere from 17 million to 50 million, and possibly as high as 100 million, making it one of the deadliest pandemics in human history.
3) Most influenza outbreaks disproportionately kill the very young and the very old, but the Spanish flu pandemic resulted in a higher than expected mortality for young adults.
4) Malnourishment, overcrowded medical camps and hospitals, and poor hygiene, all exacerbated by the recent WW1, promoted bacterial superinfection.
5) The Spanish flu was the first of two pandemics caused by the H1N1 influenza virus; the second was the swine flu in 2009.
6) The origin of the "Spanish flu" name stems from the pandemic's spread to Spain from France in November 1918. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spanish_flu
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