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The Spanish flu pandemic of 1918, the deadliest in history, infected an estimated 500 million people worldwide—about one-third of the planet’s population—and killed an estimated 20 million to 50 million victims, including some 675,000 Americans.How did Spanish flu begin?
The cause of the 1918 Spanish Flu Pandemic was unknown at the time, many believed it was caused by the use of chemical warfare and poison gas together with the filth of the lice and rat infested trenches. We now know it developed in animals and birds then spread to people.Where did the Spanish flu begin?
A bit of a misnomer, the Spanish Flu is actually believed to have originated in a small town in Kansas. This pandemic received its name after medical reports stated that nearly 8 million people had passed away from the flu in Spain in May of 1918.Why was it called the 'Spanish flu?
The reason it was called the Spanish Influenza was because it was freely reported about in Spain (as wartime censors minimized the reports of sickness to boost wartime morale in countries such as Germany, France, USA, Britain).