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     April 13, 2020      #6F-104 SsK

JACK KLASEY: The deadly


By Jack Klasey

In October 1918, we were fighting two wars: one in Europe against a visible foe (the army of Germany and its allies), and one here at home against an invisible opponent, a killer virus referred to as the “Spanish Flu.”

The flu was a “pandemic” (a world-wide epidemic) that first was identified in January, 1918. Over the next two years, it would spread across the globe and kill 50 million to 100 million people — 3 to 5 percent of the world’s population. In the United States, there were 675,000 flu deaths.

Here in Kankakee County, one of the earliest ...

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