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RE: “Recipe for pandemic” [Column, Oct. 2]:

The headline of Elayne Clift’s column [“Recipe for pandemic,” Oct. 2] was very obviously wrong. As was clear in the text of the column, one third of the world’s population in 1918 and 1919 was infected by the avian flu virus. However bad that was, your editor apologizes for inadvertently claiming that all those people died from it.

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Originally published in The Commons issue #531 (Wednesday, October 9, 2019). This story appeared on page F2.

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