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The big bad wolf
All the media around us warn us to be aware of the H1N1 flu. Everybody got an idea of how devastated this virus can be with half a million deaths in the State and over 30 million worldwide. However, the majority of deaths in the 1918 flu pandemic were the result of secondary bacterial pneumonia, which can be now treated by antibiotics due to the discovery of penicillin in 1928, attributed to the Scottish scientist and Nobel laureate Alexander Fleming. Consequently, new types of influenza developed in the world due to mutation and re-assortment of the influenza viruses from both animals and humans.
In flu history, in 1968 and 1969, the H3N2 Hong Kong flu emerged, killing an estimated 1 million people worldwide, 100,000 in Hong kong or 15 percent of the population and 33,800 in the USA. more…