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Italian from Medieval Latin īnfluentia influence (so called apparently from the belief that epidemics were due to the influence of the stars) influence
American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
From Italian influenza (“influence”), from Latin influentia.
Those of the plains find the temperature chilly, and are stricken down with influenza and pains in the limbs.
An event which caused a deep impression on the public mind was the epidemic of influenza in the autumn of 1918.
Elephantiasis, influenza, rheumatism, and a skin disease, thoko, also occur.
Epidemics of influenza and fever have been very prevalent of late years in the central provinces.
Influenza was common, referred to as the ' sweating sickness ' .
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