Profiling a Pandemic. Who were the victims of the Spanish flu?
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Original versionMamelund S. Profiling a Pandemic. Who were the victims of the Spanish flu? . Natural History. 2017(September):6-10
At the end of May 1918, the Spanish government was one of the first to admit that a new disease had emerged in their country. The newswire from Reuters reported that King Alfonso XIII, the prime minister, and other officials were all sick with influenza. This outbreak was later referred to as “the first wave” or “spring/summer wave” of the 1918– 1920 Spanish flu pandemic. As a neutral country during World War I, Spain lacked the incentive to censor the news the way combatants did. Although it was recognized early on that the disease did not originate in Spain, the name nevertheless stuck.