FRONT TOWARD ENEMY
- Apr 18, 2013
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After infecting millions of people worldwide, the 1918 flu strain shifted—and then stuck around.www.history.com
But what’s truly incredible, according to genetic analyses, is that the same novel strain of flu first introduced in 1918 appears to be the direct ancestor of every seasonal and pandemic flu we’ve had over the past century.
“You can still find the genetic traces of the 1918 virus in the seasonal flus that circulate today,” says Taubenberger. “Every single human infection with influenza A in the past 102 years is derived from that one introduction of the 1918 flu.”
The Spanish Flu is not a valid excuse to disobey a valid military order in 2020.