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10 Deadliest Epidemics in History
The Black Death is far and away the most lethal epidemic in history. The statistics alone are staggering. The Plague’s 13-year reign across the world resulted in at least 75 million deaths, including at least a third of Europe.
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Spanish flu first appeared in force in August 1918, simultaneously attacking the port cities of Boston (USA), Brest (France) and Freetown (Sierra Leone). The virus quickly spread around the world thanks to air and ocean travel, overwhelming doctors and nurses, who were often forced to erect temporary tents to deal with the sheer number of patients. At the height of the outbreak, it is estimated that over 500 million people were infected with the disease.
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As you can see below, a majority of the positive influenza tests this flu season have come back as an influenza A H3N2 variant, with a relatively smaller number of H1N1 and influenza B strain viruses. One of the primary strains that this year's flu vaccines focused on was H3N2. It'll still probably be a few weeks before there's an official reading on the effectiveness of this year's vaccine, but there's a pretty good chance that'll it'll be within range or above the usual vaccine effectiveness of 50% to 60%.
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Unquestionably, the flu is hitting harder this season than it did in the previous year, but this isn't a big surprise. What could arguably be the bigger shock is that researchers appear to have hit the nail on the head once again when it comes to predicting the dominant flu strains months in advance of flu season.
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While the flu is a nuisance for most Americans, it can be a matter of life or death for children, who have less-developed immune systems, and the elderly, whose immune systems can be compromised. Mortality data from the CDC in 2015 showed that influenza and pneumonia are the eighth leading cause of death in the United States, directly claiming more than 55,200 lives. And, as you can see from the CDC data below, the pneumonia and mortality rate in the 2016-2017 flu season just crossed into the epidemic threshold territory.