The Great Influenza

The Great Influenza

The definitive account of the 1918 Flu Epidemic. “Monumental”-Chicago Tribune. At the height of WWI, history’s most lethal influenza virus erupted in an army camp in Kansas, moved east with American troops, then exploded, killing as many as 100 million people worldwide. It killed more people in twenty-four months than AIDS killed in twenty-four years, […]

Severe Acute Respiratory Infection with Influenza A (H1N1) During Pregnancy (Scientific Letters) (Report)

Severe Acute Respiratory Infection with Influenza A (H1N1) During Pregnancy (Scientific Letters) (Report)

To the Editor: Pregnant women are at high risk of severe acute respiratory infection if infected with the influenza A (H1N1) virus. On 14 August 2009 the first complicated H1N1 obstetric patient was admitted to the obstetric critical care unit (OCCU) at Tygerberg Hospital with respiratory distress. The clinical picture was that of bronchopneumonia, and […]

Facts and Ideas from Anywhere (Influenza Virus) (Rosuvastatin and Ezetimibe) (Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm) (Editorial)

Facts and Ideas from Anywhere (Influenza Virus) (Rosuvastatin and Ezetimibe) (Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm) (Editorial)

INFLUENZA VIRUS In 1918, a new influenza virus, whose natural home was in birds, infected humans. Within months, it adapted to its new host, starting with US soldiers in World War I military camps and spreading rapidly from person to person. This influenza virus killed more people than any other plague in history. In 24 […]

Pandemic Influenza Exposes Gaps in India's Health System (Editorial)

Pandemic Influenza Exposes Gaps in India’s Health System (Editorial)

An editorial in IJMR in 2005 had strongly argued why and how India should prepare to face a pandemic of influenza (1). There were two reasons for anticipating a pandemic. First, there had been 3 pandemics in the previous century–in 1918, 1957 and 1968–and the next was due some time in this century. Second, a […]

Public Engagement on Facilitating Access to Antiviral Medications and Information in an Influenza Pandemic

Public Engagement on Facilitating Access to Antiviral Medications and Information in an Influenza Pandemic

Influenza pandemics overwhelm health care systems with thousands or hundreds of thousands of sick patients, as well as those worried they may be sick. In order to ensure a successful response to the patient swell caused by a pandemic, robust planning is essential to prepare for challenges public health officials may face. This includes the need to […]