If geography truly is destiny, this saying was never more true than during the influenza pandemic of 1918. Where you lived often determined if you survived, with high fatality rates in large cities, overcrowded military bases, and the congested refugee camps that housed the displaced during World War 1.
One hundred years ago this year, an influenza pandemic spread around the globe at an alarming rate. When the influenza season ended in 1919, one out of every three human beings, or about 600 million people, suffered from the infection, called the Spanish flu, and at least 50 million people did not survive it.
By the bioMérieux Connection Editors On February 2, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published the statistics of influenza hospitalizations and fatalities for the week ending January 27, 2018, or Week 4 of the 2017-2018 Influenza Season. As of January 27, the CDC reports 16 additional pediatric deaths related to the flu, which …
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