Spanish influenza

Span·ish in·flu·en·za

influenza that caused several waves of pandemic in 1918-1919, resulting in more than 20 million deaths worldwide; it was particularly severe in Spain (hence the name), but now is thought to have originated in the U.S. as a form of swine influenza.

Span·ish in·flu·en·za

(span'ish in'flū-en'ză)
Disease that precipitated several waves of pandemic infection during 1918 and 1919 and resulted in more than 20 million deaths worldwide. It was caused by influenza virus A; phylogenetic analysis indicates that this strain is related to subsequently observed type A human and classic swine influenzaviruses.
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Coinfection of influenza a virus with other bacterial species: Several studies has been done in animal models after recognition that bacterial super infection usually accompanied fatal influenza during Spanish influenza epidemic in 1918, Streptococcus pneumoniae, Haemophilus influenzae, Staphylococcus aureus, and Branhamella catarrhalis were frequently isolated (Abraham et al., 2007).
The Spanish influenza pandemic of 1918-19: new perspectives.
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The Observer of 100 years ago noted the first death in the area linked to'Spanish influenza', the infection that was to lead to a global pandemic.
This year marks 100 years since the Spanish influenza pandemic that infected one quarter of the world's population and killed around 50 million people.
Nurses care for victims of Spanish influenza amid the canvas tents as part an outdoor fresh air cure in Lawrence, Massachusetts in 1918
Nurses care for victims of Spanish influenza amid the canvas tents as part an outdoor fresh air cure in Lawrence, Massachusetts in 1918 People crowd the steps of the Holy Cross Church in Fresno, California, and pray to ward off the influenza virus in 1918 Court is held outdoors in San Francisco, 1918 Survivors: Clementine Churchill (pictured with Winston), Lillian Gish, Woodrow Wilson, Franklin D Roosevelt and Walt Disney
Spanish Influenza http://ocp.hul.harvard.edu/contagion/ influenza.html
Quiney also discusses the VADs who served in the aftermath of the Halifax Explosion of 1917 and during the Spanish Influenza pandemic, two high-profile events that enhanced their profile.
Joining them and offering a presentation about the significance of the history of Spanish influenza in recent scientific research was the distinguished epidemiologist Jeffery Taubenberger of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), National Institutes of Health (NIH), whose research has transformed modern scientific understanding of influenza.