Collaboration Across the Pond: Influenza Virus Research, Interwar United States and Britain

by Barbara Canavan

Jan 1, 2014
The 1918-19 influenza pandemic was truly a nightmare disease, a great natural event in the early days of the twentieth century. Historians report that it was the most devastating infectious disease outbreak since the plague swept Europe and Asia in the fourteenth century. The official mortality estimates of the 1918 flu continue to rise as investigators find new data. Based on recent historical epidemiology, the global deaths from the pandemic were between 50 and 100 million.
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