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The so-called “Spanish” flu

In a very different context and just when the First World War comes to a close, so-called “Spanish” flu spreads worldwide. In the winter of 1918-1919 up to a billion people become ill, on a total world population of 1.9 billion. The number of fatalities is estimated at 50 to 100 million. The epidemic also hits hard in the literary world, with Guillaume Apollinaire and Edmond Rostand among famous deadly casualties.

The site "Tous les jours curieux", dedicated to photography, managed to retrieve some period pictures.

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