Influenza pandemic

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  • Influenza Pandemic Analysis

    The Relationship Between World War I and the Influenza Pandemic of 1918-1919 War and disease have been intertwined throughout history as human pathogens, weapons and armies have met on the battlefield. 1914-1919 marked the cruelest war in the chronicles of the human race preceded by the world’s deadliest unspoken pandemic. The aftermath of World War I proved so profound in their consequences that the influenza virus remained a blur in the public’s memory. Instead, focus was shifted towards the events that were results of World War I such as the rise of fascism, the Great Depression, World War II, and the Cold War (Kent Introduction 23). However, what many fail to remember is that at the end of the First World War, the occurrence of a public enemy called the Spanish Flu killed more people than all the military forces combined. In Susan Kingsley Kent’s The Influenza Pandemic of 1918-1919: A Brief History with Documents, Kent demonstrates how political and medical discourses and newspapers exposed the relationship between the pandemic and the war, the regulations taken place, and the preceding emotional responses and repercussions. To begin with, at a rudimentary level, zones of war and civil unrest were perfect breeding grounds for viruses due to the “narrow…

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  • Influenza Virus: Pandemics

    Influenza is one of the major respiratory virus that causes nearly annual epidemics and occasional pandemics. Influenza epidemics generally occur in the winter months in the Northern hemisphere and May-September in the Southern hemisphere (Cox et al, 2004). This virus belongs to the genus Orthomyxovirus in the family of Orthomyxoviridae. Influenza A viruses are enveloped RNA virus with eight RNA segments that encodes for upto 11 viral genes ( Lamb &Krug ,2001, Fields virology, 4th edt. ).The…

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  • Influenza Pandemics Research Paper

    The Challenges of Preventing an Influenza Pandemic on Populations of Developing Countries One of the most common illnesses is influenza. It is a contagious viral infection that usually affects the respiratory passages, causes severe symptoms, and can occur in an epidemic. An epidemic is the slow spread of an infectious disease to a large number of people in a population within a short period of time (Wikipedia). A pandemic is an epidemic outbreak of an infectious disease that can spread through…

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  • Influenza Pandemic Research Paper

    The influenza pandemic of 1918 was a devastating period in both New Zealand and world history. Cited as the most devastating epidemic in recorded world history and responsible for more deaths than World War I, this influenza pandemic resulted in anywhere from 20 to 40 million deaths worldwide (Billings 1997:). The effect it had on New Zealand history was catastrophic, killing nearly 8,500 (Rice). Perhaps the most notable discrepancy in effect that the pandemic had on New Zealand population was…

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  • Spanish Influenza Pandemic: Article Analysis

    article I have chosen discusses the Spanish influenza Pandemic that occurred in 1918. This pandemic had a detrimental effect on not just a continent, but the entire world. This virus killed an estimated 20 to 50 million people and even the healthiest people were infected. The Spanish Influenza is said to have the highest death rate of the strains. The life expectancy in the United States dropped ten years during this time, due to the rising death rate in healthy young adults brought on by the…

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  • How Did The Influenza Pandemic Affect The Economy

    In the fall of 1918, World War I was winding down and peace was on the horizon. US involvement in this Great War and its success in defeating Germany in the war greatly increased its national prestige among the countries, especially those in Europe. However, with the end of World War I, a deadly virus started to spread within the country, killing more people than during World War I. The influenza pandemic had disrupted US economy, in terms of gross annual production and loss of businesses, and…

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  • The Influenza Pandemic

    called an influenza pandemic. According to the CDC, an influenza pandemic is a new virus that is different from any influenza seen and effects the entire globe. Additionally, due to its constant changing it is very easy for an animal influenza to change into a human effecting one (“Influenza” (Flu)). Therefore, it is very difficult to treat. An influenza virus is one that attacks the respiratory system which results an individuals coughing and sneezing. Additionally,…

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  • Influenza Pandemic Of 1918 Essay

    It’s common knowledge that Germany was one of the defeated countries in WWI. The Influenza Pandemic of 1918 to 1919 contributed to this defeat more than most people are aware of. The influenza had an effect on Germany’s military offense that may have been the cause of their defeat. Specifically, it contributed to the signing of the Treaty of Versailles, a peace settlement that was imposed on Germany and affected them negatively. The effects the Influenza Pandemic of 1918 had on Germany’s…

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  • The Black Death And The 1918 Influenza Pandemics

    Pandemics are events in which a disease spreads across the entire world. Many pandemics have become notorious for their lethality, symptoms, or historical events that surrounded them. Various notorious and formidable pandemics include the ‘Black Death’ and the human immunodeficiency virus/acquired immune deficiency syndrome (HIV/AIDS) pandemic. The ‘Black Death’ was a pandemic caused by the plague that killed an estimated 25 million people (“Black Death”). The HIV/AIDS pandemic killed an…

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  • Pale Horse Pale Rider Analysis

    Dreaming about Reality: A Journey into the mind of victims of WWI and The Influenza Pandemic ‘Pale Horse, Pale Rider’ is a fictional retelling of Katherine Anne Porter’s own experience as an influenza survivor during World War I. Porter expresses the devastating effects the illness had on her life by chronicling a month in the life of Miranda, a reporter, as she enjoys a romance with Adam, a young Army officer, until she becomes a victim of influenza. Adam nurses her, and before she fully…

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