An introduction to the history of the flu pandemic of 1918

While serious, this wave was not as lethal as the second wave. Davis has argued the Spanish flu—Don Juan connection served a cognitive function, allowing Spaniards to make sense of their epidemic experience by interpreting it through a familiar template, namely the Don Juan story.

Denver Post 11 of 33 Nations already dealing with the effects and cost of the war now had a whole new set of challenges.

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Previous pandemics have been characterized by waves of activity spread over months. The pandemic was so severe that from tolife expectancy in the United States fell by about 12 years, to The exact numbers are impossible to know due to a lack of medical record-keeping in many places. Petersburg and affected two-thirds of the population in Rome.

The sick, who experienced such typical flu symptoms as chills, fever and fatigue, usually recovered after several days, and the number of reported deaths was low. Every few years, influenza viruses mutate enough to result in a new strain. Albertan farmers wearing masks to protect themselves from the flu.

Exposure to prior strains of the flu may have offered some protection. InFrench chroniclers used similar terms to describe an epidemic that affected up topeople in Paris. The majority of fatalities, from both the war and the epidemic, were among young adults.

Scientists have since been able to classify the virus responsible for the pandemic as an H1N1 influenza. Officials in some communities imposed quarantines, ordered citizens to wear masks and shut down public places, including schools, churches and theaters.

The 20th century saw two other flu pandemics: Today, about four grams would be considered the maximum safe daily dose. Therapies of the day had little impact on the disease No specific anti-viral therapies were available during the flu.

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The threat of bird flu remains, however, in that another deadly strain could arise that would be capable of spreading from human to human and causing a pandemic. Army training camp just outside of Boston, and at a naval facility in Boston.

Phase 6 In addition to the criteria defined in Phase 5, the same virus spreads from human-to-human in at least one other country in another WHO region.

The global infrastructure to produce and distribute flu vaccines also must be improved. Spanish flu research An electron micrograph showing recreated influenza virions Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as Dr. Phase 3 An animal or human-animal influenza reassortant virus has caused sporadic cases or small clusters of disease in people, but has not resulted in human-to-human transmission sufficient to sustain community-level outbreaks.

Fine Art America 3 of 33 Congress would give one million dollars to help combat the disease, which at the time was a lot of money. Phase 6, the pandemic phase, is characterized by community level outbreaks in at least one other country in a different WHO region in addition to the criteria defined in Phase 5.

Richard Pfeiffer isolated an unknown bacterium from the sputum of his sickest flu patients, and he concluded that the bacteria caused influenza. Preparing For the Next Pandemic. Since the pandemic, tremendous advancements have been made in the world’s understanding and treatment of flu, but flu viruses continue to pose a serious public health threat.

The Spanish Flu Pandemic: The History and Legacy of the World’s Deadliest Outbreak chronicles the devastating disease and the damage it wrought across the globe. Along with pictures and a bibliography, you will learn about the flu outbreak like never before, in no time at all/5(27).

The influenza pandemic was the most severe pandemic in recent history. It was caused by an H1N1 virus with genes of avian origin.

Although there is not universal consensus regarding where the virus originated, it spread worldwide during The Flu Pandemic: History In Photos View Gallery Barring prisoners of war or missing persons, the U.S. Department of Justice estimates that over five million people perished in World War One.

Fatal Flu: History, Science, and Politics of the Influenza Pandemic A Capstone Project Submitted in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements of the Renée Crown University Honors Program at.

The Spanish flu pandemic ofthe deadliest in history, infected an estimated million people worldwide—about one-third of the planet’s population—and killed an estimated 20 million to 50 million victims, including someAmericans.

An introduction to the history of the flu pandemic of 1918
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