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1918 lnfluenza Pandemic - India: Fatalities

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1918 Influenza Pandemic - India: Fatalities

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"Spanish Flu" in India

The global mortality rate from the 1918/1919 pandemic is not known, but an estimated 10% to 20% of those who were infected died. With about a third of the world population infected, this case-fatality ratio means 3% to 6% of the entire global population died.[31] Influenza may have killed as many as 25 million people in its first 25 weeks. Older estimates say it killed 40–50 million people,[4] while current estimates say 50–100 million people worldwide were killed.[32]

This pandemic has been described as "the greatest medical holocaust in history" and may have killed more people than the Black Death.[33] It is said that this flu killed more people in 24 weeks than AIDS has killed in 24 years, more in a year than the Black Death killed in a century.[34]

The disease killed in every corner of the globe. As many as 17 million died in India, about 5% of the population.[35] The death toll in India's British-ruled districts alone was 13.88 million.