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August 4, 1918

The influenza epidemic is widespread in Europe. Sir Alfred Newsholme, chief medical officer of London, England characterizes the influenza sudden onset, high temperatures and extreme infectivity. The coal mines in Durham and Northumberland are affected as is the fishing port of Grimsby. The epidemic is still considered less lethal than the 1890 'Russian influenza.'

Source: "Spanish Influenza Widespread, but Not Severe," The Sun, New York, New York, August 4, 1918. Page 40, Column 1.

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