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The 'Spanish' flu

In 1918, more than fifty million people died in an outbreak of flu which spread around the world. We hear archive accounts of the worst pandemic of the twentieth century.

In 1918, more than fifty million people died in an outbreak of flu, which spread all over the world in the wake of the first World War. We hear eye-witness accounts of the worst pandemic of the twentieth century.

(Photo: An American policeman wearing a mask to protect himself from the outbreak of Spanish flu. Credit:Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

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9 minutes

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Mon 9 Mar 2020 13:50GMT

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  • Mon 9 Mar 2020 08:50GMT
  • Mon 9 Mar 2020 13:50GMT

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