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Asian flu of 1957
The Flu Pandemic - The New York Times
H2N2 is a subtype of the influenza A virus. H2N2 has mutated into various strains including the Asian flu strain now extinct in the wild , H3N2 , and various strains found in birds. It is also suspected of causing a human pandemic in Some researchers have asserted that the — flu pandemic also known as Russian flu was caused by the influenzavirus A virus subtype H2N2. More recent research has suggested H3N8 as a more likely cause.
Influenza Pandemics of the 20th Century
Three worldwide pandemic outbreaks of influenza occurred in the 20th century: in , , and The latter 2 were in the era of modern virology and most thoroughly characterized. All 3 have been informally identified by their presumed sites of origin as Spanish, Asian, and Hong Kong influenza, respectively. Not classified as true pandemics are 3 notable epidemics: a pseudopandemic in with low death rates, an epidemic in that was a pandemic in children, and an abortive epidemic of swine influenza in that was feared to have pandemic potential. Major influenza epidemics show no predictable periodicity or pattern, and all differ from one another.
An influenza pandemic is an epidemic of an influenza virus that spreads on a worldwide scale and infects a large proportion of the world population. There have been about three influenza pandemics in each century for the last years, the most recent one being the flu pandemic. Influenza pandemics occur when a new strain of the influenza virus is transmitted to humans from another animal species.