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Clues to the Deadly 1918 Flu Revealed

Tracy Hampton, PhD
JAMA. 2004;291(13):1553. doi:10.1001/jama.291.13.1553.
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Gymnasiums and other facilities were used as emergency hospitals for patients during the 1918 influenza epidemic that killed more than 20 million individuals worldwide. The epidemic was the largest recorded outbreak of any infectious disease in history. (Photo credit: National Museum of Health and Medicine, Armed Forces Institute of Pathology)

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