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US NewsInside Australia's worst ever flu epidemic: Incredible photos reveal the country grappling with deadly outbreak that killed 15,000 people in less than a year – and experts say it is inevitable it will happen again

09:00  27 april  2019
09:00  27 april  2019 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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worst ever flu epidemic : Incredible photos reveal the country grappling with deadly that killed 15 , 000 people in less than a year – and experts say it is inevitable it will happen again . Incredible century-old images have revealed the extent of worst ever flu epidemic Australia has

Now people are gripped by fears of the deadly Coronavirus, which has infected over 17, 000 and The virus has also spread to at least 20 other countries . While the situation is dire, it is important to put Arguably one of the worst pandemics to ever hit humanity, the Spanish Flu outbreak of 1918 spread

Inside Australia's worst ever flu epidemic: Incredible photos reveal the country grappling with deadly outbreak that killed 15,000 people in less than a year – and experts say it is inevitable it will happen again © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Incredible century-old images have revealed the extent of Australia's worst ever flu epidemic - as experts warn another devastating pandemic is inevitable (pictured) Incredible century-old images have revealed the extent of Australia's worst ever flu epidemic - as experts warn another devastating pandemic is inevitable.

The Spanish flu, the most aggressive strain of flu that the world had ever seen, claimed 15,000 Australian lives in 1918 and 1919, causing the country's death rate to spike by 25 per cent.

Those who fell victim to the killer virus were struck down with extreme symptoms including vomiting, aches, and fever.

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In recent years , flu -related deaths have ranged from about 12, 000 to — in the worst year — 56, 000 The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Robert Redfield, revealed the Flu experts knew it was a very bad season, but at least one found size of the estimate surprising.

Inside Australia's worst ever flu epidemic: Incredible photos reveal the country grappling with deadly outbreak that killed 15,000 people in less than a year – and experts say it is inevitable it will happen again © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Pictured is an influenza quarantine camp set up at Wallangarra, 1919, during the Spanish flu outbreak

Dark spots would often appear on victims' bodies and patients sometimes turned blue - a sign they were suffocating as their lungs filled with fluid.

As a result of the virus, many people contracted pneumonia and bacterial infections that would invariably prove fatal.

Inside Australia's worst ever flu epidemic: Incredible photos reveal the country grappling with deadly outbreak that killed 15,000 people in less than a year – and experts say it is inevitable it will happen again © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Three men are pictured cleaning up rubbish at the Quarantine Camp, Jubilee Oval

Photos taken at the time of the crises show nurses wearing masks over their faces and hair to lower the risk of exposure.

The images also captured makeshift quarantine stations opened across the country, where travellers stayed for weeks while they were observed for symptoms.

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The Spanish flu , also known as the 1918 flu pandemic, was an unusually deadly influenza pandemic caused by the H1N1 influenza A virus.

In 1918 the Spanish Flu killed at least 50 million people around the world and was the second deadliest plague in history – after, well, the plague in the 1300 s . But how exactly did a flu virus cause such massive death and destruction across the world?

In Sydney, 42 per cent of deaths in 1919 were linked to the Spanish flu. The government was forced to issue masks to stop the spread of germs, while schools closed and public events were cancelled.

Inside Australia's worst ever flu epidemic: Incredible photos reveal the country grappling with deadly outbreak that killed 15,000 people in less than a year – and experts say it is inevitable it will happen again © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Women and soldiers sit on a covered veranda at a quarantine station in Portsea, Victoria in 1918

Every doctor, nurse, and even medical student in the country was tasked with helping to fight the disease.

More than 100 years later, experts have warned that another flu pandemic (or worldwide epidemic) could be inevitable.

Inside Australia's worst ever flu epidemic: Incredible photos reveal the country grappling with deadly outbreak that killed 15,000 people in less than a year – and experts say it is inevitable it will happen again © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Three office typists in the Botanical Gardens in Sydney are pictured wearing masks during influenza pandemic Doctors claim more than 4,000 people could die this year from a deadly flu virus already spreading across Australia.

The Spanish flu epidemic most likely started in Western Europe in 1918 and was spread by soldiers returning home from the First World War.

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Although flu cases are higher than at any point since 2010/11, health officials say it is still not an This article is more than 2 years old. Although flu cases are higher than at any point since 2010/11 Gloria Copeland’ s advice to ‘inoculate yourself with the word of God’ met with scorn amid worst flu

It killed more people in a year than the Bubonic Plague, and in its more than a year of existence killed more The Spanish flu was quite nasty – fast-spreading and deadly . The Spanish Flu managed to Thankfully this has not happened , and the results have useful for our current situation, since the

A fifth of the world's population was infected, with 50 to 100 million people dying from the virus.

Inside Australia's worst ever flu epidemic: Incredible photos reveal the country grappling with deadly outbreak that killed 15,000 people in less than a year – and experts say it is inevitable it will happen again © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Nurses are seen gathered next to a tent at the Quarantine Camp, Jubilee Oval With anti-viral therapies and vaccines not available at the time, the only defence was to quarantine those suspected of having the infection.

The seclusion did slow the spread of the virus, but by 1919 hospitals and quarantine stations across Australia were packed with patients.

That same year, more than 120 ships containing soldiers were quarantined at Q Station in New South Wales.

Inside Australia's worst ever flu epidemic: Incredible photos reveal the country grappling with deadly outbreak that killed 15,000 people in less than a year – and experts say it is inevitable it will happen again © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Pictured is the influenza quarantine camp set up at Jubilee Oval in 1919 One story reported at the time claimed hundreds of troops returning from England abroad the Argyllshire troopship disembarked and set up camp, only to find the station overrun with snakes.

The report claimed the soldiers destroyed more than 50 snakes, with one soldier claiming his mate climbed to the top of his tent and perched there all night - refusing to get down.

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Throughout history, epidemics have been responsible for hundreds of thousands of lives lost. It was responsible for the highest number of lives lost in an epidemic in history. The outbreak began in Asia and, once again , was carried throughout the world by rats covered with infected fleas.

The global flu outbreak of 1918 killed 50 million people worldwide, ranking as one of the deadliest The deadly "Spanish flu " claimed more lives than World War I, which ended the same year the Historian Mark Humphries of Canada' s Memorial University of Newfoundland says that newly The 1918 flu pandemic struck in three waves across the globe, starting in the spring of that year , and is

The 900 men marched out of the camp in protest and finished their quarantine at Sydney Cricket Ground.

Inside Australia's worst ever flu epidemic: Incredible photos reveal the country grappling with deadly outbreak that killed 15,000 people in less than a year – and experts say it is inevitable it will happen again © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Pictured are Red Cross volunteers during the Spanish flu pandemic. They can be seen wearing masks and hats for protection James McCaw, a mathematical biologist from the University of Melbourne who tracks how viruses spread through the population, said the Spanish flu 'was a spectacularly destructive event.'

'What we see from the data is some really fascinating patterns. So we see multiple ways that the flu spread and then it died away, it came back even worse in the northern hemisphere's autumn wave. And then it went away and then it came back again,' he told the ABC.

The flu didn't reach Australia until its less severe third wave, but stories of people watching their friends, relatives, and neighbours perish from horrific symptoms within a day or two of catching the virus are documented.

Gradually, the population gained immunity and the numbers of those infected dwindled until medical personnel were able to gain ground.

Inside Australia's worst ever flu epidemic: Incredible photos reveal the country grappling with deadly outbreak that killed 15,000 people in less than a year – and experts say it is inevitable it will happen again © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Pictured are a group of men and women, including nurses, eating melon at the Quarantine Camp, Jubilee Oval By the end of 1919, the pandemic was under control.

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Professor McCaw said another pandemic is inevitable because flu viruses are so prone to mutation.

Eventually, the Australian population will encounter another virus that residents have low immunity to and it will spread rapidly, he said.

Inside Australia's worst ever flu epidemic: Incredible photos reveal the country grappling with deadly outbreak that killed 15,000 people in less than a year – and experts say it is inevitable it will happen again © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Pictured are two crowded marquees thought to be at the influenza quarantine camp set up on Jubilee Oval, Adelaide during the epidemic that ended in 1919 'Vaccination is the most important measure we have to prevent influenza and its complications.' Australia's Chief Medical Officer, Brendan Murphy, said earlier this year.

Millions of Australians are eligible for free influenza vaccines and have been advised to visit their GP for immunisation beginning in May.

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