Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Spanish flu

Popular names of flu virus generally refer to the geographical region where the outbreak began or was first reported such as the “Spanish Flue” or the “Hong Kong Flu” an strains are often referred it by their subtype as well, for instance theH5N1 strain of avian flu.

The last century pandemics were Spanish flu n 1918, Asian flu in 1857, Hong Kong flu in 1968 and another pandemic that occurred in France and England in 1989. The worst of these pandemics was the Spanish flu, in which 500 million people were infected and about 4 million died. Furthermore, many of the dead were young healthy individuals.

It was named Spanish flu due to high mortality rates from the virus in Spain began to spread beyond camps, and into the general population. The Spanish flu virus was an avian H1N1 subtype of influenza A that may have crossed the species barrier from birds to humans without an intermediary host such as swine.
Spanish flu
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