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In the last week of October, 1918, the Spanish flu virus killed 21,000 people.

Today in History v1.1,

The only thing we have to fear is fear itself and media sensationalization.

-- paul (, November 01, 2001


I think I'm more afeared of the media than anything else!! If it wasn't for them, I wouldn't know that I had anything to be scared of!

More history please!

-- Polly (, November 02, 2001.

Hello Paul, The influenza outbreak in 1918-1919 was called the Spainish Flu but, it did not originate in Spain. Ironically, its origins were trace to a military base in the mid-west. It was responsible for 5 million deaths! 500,000 in Mexico, 550,000 in the US. 21,000 in Canada. It swept across Europe and was a believed reason why WWI was so quick in ending. The Germans contracted it and due to the shortage of available manpower they pretty much lost the war. FYI Sincerely, Ernest

-- (, November 02, 2001.

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