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    Posted: November 23 2018 at 3:15pm
Many doctors fear a repeat of the world's 1st, only flu pandemic 100 years later

It’s been 100 years since the United States, and the entire world, felt the wrath of the influenza pandemic. With over 50 million people killed, including an estimated 675,000 Americans, it still remains the most impactful and dangerous public health pandemic in modern history.

“The 1918 pandemic was the worst in recorded history,” said William Schaffner, M.D., medical director for the National Foundation of Infectious Diseases. “We still don’t know exactly why that virus was so fierce, but it indeed was said to affect around one-third of the entire population of the earth.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines a pandemic as an outbreak of disease that spreads across several countries or continents, affecting a large number of people. This differs greatly from an epidemic, which is a more sudden spread of disease in a more concentrated area, affecting a more specific population.

https://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/100-years-later-a-flu-pandemic-is-still-a-real-threat/70006680
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