Home > Medical > Cold and flu infection > The 1918 epidemic The 1918 epidemic All sections in Flu » About Flu » Bird flu and SARS » Health Tips » Multimedia » Flu News » Preventing Flu » Spreading the Flu » The 1918 Epidemic » The Flu Virus » Treatment » You and Flu 1918 - how this flu spread in SA There appeared to be two waves of Spanish flu during 1918 in South Africa - one mild and one severe. 1918 - why the flu spread so rapidly South Africa's many ports and harbours rendered it vulnerable to infections passed on by sailors. 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. Ask CyberDoc » Test Do you need vitamin C? » Join Body Talk » Quiz Addicted to pills? » No Flu for you 10 foods to boost your immune system 1918 - who was affected by the flu? Unlike other outbreaks of flu, the 1918 epidemic decimated not the young and the old, but those between the ages of 15 - 38. 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. 1918 - where this flu came from This deadly flu spread rapidly across the world - often with soldiers returning home from the battlefronts. load more articles advertisement From our sponsors Your retirement - a healthy mindset So many people, why so alone? You can still enjoy the sweet things in life Take the sugar test, it could save your life.