Russian influenza

Rus·sian in·flu·en·za

a pandemic of a strain influenza A virus thought to have originated in Russia; occurred in 1978.
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That same year, a group of Virginia Tech undergraduates visited NLM to study the history of the Russian influenza (1889-1890) through a variety of primary sources and to meet, learn from, and be inspired by Taubenberger and his colleague David Morens, senior advisor to the director of NIAID.
A well laid-out pair of graphs on pages 30 and 31 makes this point with stunning clarity by contrasting the ages of those who died during the so-called Russian Influenza of 1892 with the ages of victims of the newer strain: rather than a U-shaped graph--indicating higher death rates among children and older adults--such as emerged in the 1890s, plotting the deaths from 1918-1919 leads to an inverted V shape, almost reversing the expected trend.
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