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SPANISH FLU – BRIEF HISTORY
In 1918, a strain of influenza known as Spanish flu caused a global pandemic, spreading rapidly and killing indiscriminately. Young, old, sick and otherwise-healthy people all became infected, and at least 10% of patients died.
Estimates vary on the exact number of deaths caused by the disease, but it is thought to have infected a third of the world's population and killed at least 50 million people, making it the deadliest pandemic in modern history. Although at the time it gained the nickname "Spanish flu," it's unlikely that the virus originated in Spain.
Over 1918 to 1919 the flu struck in 3 waves. The first started in March 1918, reaching Britain in May. At the time the First World War was still raging and the press in belligerent countries was highly censored. Any information likely to impact on morale or indicate a weakness to the enemy was strictly prohibited. The same did not apply in non-combatant countries.
Because Spain was neutral the Spanish press was not subject to the same level of censorship as the press in the belligerent countries. News of an epidemic appeared in the headlines of Madrid papers in May 1918. This was one reason why its point of origin was assumed to be Spain. The first reference to the ‘Spanish disease’ was in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) in August 1918. The fact that the Spanish King, Prime Minister and various members of the cabinet fell ill sealed the international notion that the disease had originated in Spain. A hundred years later there are still several theories concerning the source of the disease, but no-one now considers it to be Spain.
The second, most deadly, wave of the disease struck Britain in October 1918 and continued through to 1919. It was probably brought over from France by servicemen, as port towns and transit points were particularly hard hit. At the time, health care in Britain was largely provided by local authorities, overseen by the Local Government Board (LGB). Their main concern was not health care provision but the operation of the Poor Law.
Although the death rate in Britain over the course of the pandemic was one of the lowest internationally, the flu pandemic still killed 228,000 people. Surprisingly, the matter does not appear to have been discussed by the Cabinet, even after the Prime Minister, David Lloyd George, contracted it on 12 September. It was not even discussed in Parliament until late October 1918. Yet the warning signs were already there. Chemists experienced a rush on quinine, and graveyards had a backlog of burials. Most importantly, even the first phase had hit some cities especially badly, notably Glasgow, Sheffield and Belfast. There was also the memory of the ‘Russian flu’ of 1889 to 1892, where a more virulent form of the disease followed the initial strain.
MANAGEMENT OF THE DISEASE
The armed forces had been monitoring cases. In fact, Walter Morley Fletcher, who was on the Army Pathological Committee, published a notice in the British Medical Journal in August 1918 requesting that observations about influenza should be sent to the journal. The Chief Medical Officer of the Local Government Board (LGB), Sir Arthur Newsholme, did not see the notice, but in the same month cancelled plans he had prepared for dealing with a resurgence of the epidemic, because of the requirements of the war. His strategy had proposed measures such as preventing large gatherings of people or overcrowding on public transport (where the disease could easily spread) and provisions for maintaining the production of munitions for the war effort. He did not issue any instructions to local authorities until 22 October. The LGB produced a film, Dr Wise on Influenza, which was distributed at the end of the second wave of the disease in 1919, but this was rather late, and insufficient copies were produced. Some local authorities and newspapers issued advice anyway. This ranged from sensible suggestions like isolating victims and avoiding crowds, to more questionable ones, such as eating lots of porridge and cleaning teeth regularly.
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