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The Spanish flu sweeps across Wisconsin in 1918

Newspaper articles on Spanish flu


The influenza pandemic of 1918-1919 killed an estimated 50 million people worldwide and more than 8,000 in Wisconsin. Over 103,000 Wisconsin citizens became infected between September and December 1918, resulting in statewide measures to contain the spread of the disease. These articles, from September and October 1918, capture some of the fear that gripped communities stricken by the flu and describe the efforts of local health officials to keep infection at bay, including instructing people to wear masks.

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Creator: Capital Times and Wausa Record-Herald
Pub Data: Madison, Wis.: Capital Newspapers, 1918. (1918:Jul 11-Oct 25 P74-6022); Wausau, Wis: Wausau Record-Herald, 1918. (1918: Mar 29-Dec 31 P23714 through P23716)
Citation: Newspaper articles on Spanish flu. Capital Times and Wausau Record Herald (1918); Online facsimile at:  http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/turningpoints/search.asp?id=1553; Visited on: 4/19/2014
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