Leicester Journal 4 May 1833 – Influenza Epidemic

"This complaint, which has prevailed so extensively in London, has found its way into the country, and several cases have occurred in Leeds, attended with the usual symptoms of headache, cough and fever. A letter from Mr. Baker, the surgeon, which have received, urges upon the inhabitants the necessity of certain precautionary measures, under the idea that this influenza may the precursor other more alarming disorders, and in this view of the subject is supported experience; for 1580 the influenza preceded the plague; in 1658 was followed a fatal epidemic fever; in 1713 the plague; in 1762 by violent dysentery; 1813 ophthalmia and dysentery; and in 1831 by the cholera. Without wishing to excite any unnecessary alarm, we join most heartily recommending all proper measures to affect the removal of nuisances which contaminate the air, and of themselves engender disease."