Looming Illness

October 2007
Canada & the World Backgrounder;Oct2007, Vol. 73 Issue 2, p14
The article focuses on the global flu pandemic. Spanish influenza in 1918 killed about 40 to 50 million people worldwide. The Asian influenza in 1957, and Hong Kong flu in 1968, were milder but still caused two million and one million deaths respectively. In 1997, at least a few hundred people were infected with the avian H5N1 flu virus in Hong Kong. WHO said health experts had been monitoring the H5N1 strain for almost eight years. From 2003 to 2005 more than 100 human cases were confirmed in four Asian countries.


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