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Infectious Diseases

Influenza Epidemic

04/22/2003

Question:

Why did so many people die due to the Influenza epidemic in 1918?

Answer:

A variety of causes- poor nutrition, over crowded living conditions, poor sanitation, and a large number of susceptible persons. In addition, periodically worldwide epidemics occur with impact on large numbers of persons (pandemics).

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Response by:

Benita Jackson, MD, MPH, FACPM
Assistant Professor, Epidemiology
College of Public Health
The Ohio State University