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Spanish Flu

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Spanish Flu


The scientific name for the Spanish Flu is Influenzarius A.


The disorders caused by the Spanish flu are

·      Lung hemorrhaging caused people to “drown” in their own body fluids

·      Uncontrolled loss of bowel control causing death by loss of critical intestinal lining







·      Body fluids, saliva, nasal secretion, blood.

·      Jumps from birds and pigs to humans through their feces.


The virus can be prevented by

·      Taking a flu vaccination

·      Being careful not to cough or transmit body fluids near or to others

·      Washing hands after being in contact with body fluids including after coughing

·      Avoid being around a lot of people


The virus attacks the

·      Lung cells

·      Sometimes the intestinal cells

·      It infects the cells by attaching itself to the cell and releasing its RNA into the nucleus of the cell where it is replicated. After the replication process is complete, a bud forms on the cell which then breaks off forming a new virus, the host cell then dies after the virus leaves.


The symptoms of the Spanish Flu include

·      A blue tint to the face

·      Coughing

·      Coughing up blood

·      Loss of bowels

·      Lung hemorrhaging

·      Fever and other flu like symptoms



The body raises the temperature of the body in order to prevent the spread of the virus and in an attempt to kill the virus


Treatments included:

·      Post World War 1 – Weren’t many, mostly prevention by closing high human traffic areas and wearing masks to cover face.

·      Today, we have the following treatments for the flu virus

                                                  i.     Flu vaccinations to protect against the virus

                                                ii.     Getting plenty of rest and drinking a lot of fluids is still the most recommended way to get over the flu

                                             iii.     Antiviral drugs are used in more severe cases

                                              iv.     Avoiding high traffic areas when sick and trying not to leave the house when you have the symptoms of the flu.


 Some interesting facts about the Spanish Flu are:


·      Killed as many people as the Black Death (aprx. 50 – 100 million people)

·      99% of cases were of people under the age of 65, unusual because the flu usually infects the elderly and children and many cases were of young adults around 20 – 30 years old

·      First observed in Fort Riley, Kansas, U.S. in 1918.

·      Was nicknames the Spanish Flu because the majority of the press in Spain covered the epidemic even more so than the current war even though they did not have censorship and wasn’t involved in the war

·      It is estimated that, at one time or another, 20% of the world’s population was infected by the Spanish Flu and that it killed about 2.5 – 5 % of the world population

            Killed some famous people such as the daughter of Sigmund Freud, Sophie Freud





By Thomas Drinkwater Block: D




Spanish Flu



The scientific name for the Spanish Flu is Orthomyxoviridae influenza A.


The virus can be transmitted from pigs or birds to humans through contact or fluids. The virus is then transmitted from human to human through contact, coughing, sneezing, spitting or the exchange of any fluids.


This strain of influenza can be prevented through vaccination. Or you can just stay away from crowds and don't share utensils or cups if you have reason to beleive they might have the flu.


This virus usually attacks the throat and lungs which causes the coughing and sore throats.


The symptoms of the Spanish Flu are chills, aching, nausea, dizziness, weakness, depression, coughing, sore throat and extremely high fevers.


The body cannot defend itself against the virus without the help of a vaccine.


To beat this flu, you need to keep your strength up and take any drugs your doctor prescribes you. Your strength is important because the flu can spread to your middle ear or could cause heart afflictions.


Some interesting facts about the Spanish Flu : The Spanish Flu pandemic, also known as the Great

                                                                                                                                             Influenza Pandemic, in 1918, killed between 25 million

                                                                                                                                             and 50 million people worldwide in 1918 and 1919.


                                                                                                                                             Its thought to be one of the most deadly pandemics

                                                                                                                                             in human history.


                                                                                                                                             Spanish flu killed more people in 25 weeks than AIDs

                                                                                                                                             did in its first 25 years.


                                                                                                                                             It has infected 28% of all Americans.


                                                                                                                                             Of the US soldiers who died in Europe, half of them fell

                                                                                                                                             the spanish flu and not to the enemy.


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The virus is transmitted by

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