The 1918 epidemic

1918 - South Africa's death toll

South Africa was the fifth hardest hit country in the world. Almost as many South Africans died from the 1918 flu as did Americans.

1918 flu - eyewitness accounts

It is difficult for us to imagine what it must have been like in 1918, but these eyewitness accounts give us some idea.

1918 - symptoms of this killer flu

The first wave of the flu followed typical flu symptoms consisting of a three-day fever, a cough and a runny nose, followed by a rapid convalescence.

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