Three months of horror: a century since the Spanish flu ravaged Tonga


Nuku’alofa, Tonga: This month 100 years ago, the Kingdom of Tonga was in a state of distress and alarm after a deadly influenza virus reached its shores, infecting most of the population and killing between 1,000 to 2,000 people (an estimated 4 – 8% of the population at the time) between November 1918 and January 1919. The mahaki faka‘auha – the disease that kills, brought Tonga to a standstill. By Eleanor Gee and Finau Fonua.

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