As she goes:
While a town,
In the years immediately after WWI, the Spanish or Swine flu raged from one side of the globe to the other in one of the world's first pandemics – a pandemic which made AIDS look like a common cold, literally killing 1/3 of the world's people – entire small towns and villages were wiped out in a matter of days. This strain of influenza was unusual in that the biggest body count was not among children and the elderly, but among the young adult population. Symptoms included the usual flu symptoms, as well as bleeding from the mouth, nose and ears, followed by deadly pneumonia. Eventually the epidemic petered out, perhaps mutating to a less deadly form, leaving behind empty houses and mass graves worldwide.