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By Gerardo Chowell
Georgia State University 

How historical disease detectives are solving mysteries of the 1918 flu


October 14, 2018

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Gerardo Chowell, Georgia State University; Cecile Viboud, National Institutes of Health, and Lone Simonsen, Roskilde University

(THE CONVERSATION) One hundred years ago, a novel pandemic influenza virus spread rapidly around the world. It killed about 1 to 2 percent of the human population, primarily young and often healthy adults.

The centennial of the 1918 pandemic is a good time to take stock of how far the world has come since this historic health disaster – and to face th...

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