Spanish Flu: The Story of the worst epidemics of the 20th century
The Spanish flu, awakened at the end of the First World War, has infected about 500 million people, according to various estimates, has claimed 10-20 times more lives than 4 years of bloody battles. Spanish Flu killed one in five infected. About how such a thing could happen in daylight for medicine and science time written many books, but it is best to illustrate the chronology of the epidemic with photographs and posters of those years.
The Spanish flu was named due to the fact that in this country was recorded first serious epidemic surge.
The Spanish flu can confidently be called the father of many modern strains. Thus, in particular, in direct relationship with him is the swine flu that killed about 12,000 people in 2009.
The population census at the end of the epidemic in the summer of 1919 showed that in America killed 615,000 people on the total amount of 50-100 million victims
The absence of war battered the vaults of necessary medicines and vaccines from the Spanish flu forced to leave patients to fend for themselves, albeit under the supervision of doctors.
Various governments late, but still began to introduce quarantine restricting large crowd of people, the work of state institutions and public transport. It seemed that the world waited.
Many doctors recommend the wrong means preventing a disease, as corny did not know that the disease is caused not by bacteria and virus.
In America flu came in March 1918, but then it did not attach such a special significance. Reminiscent of the latest developments with Ebola, isn’t it?
A second wave of influenza in the autumn of 1918 killed just a couple of days.
If other diseases usually attacking the weak and helpless, the flu killed everyone, including the all healthy young men.
According to one version, the Spaniard could have come from China, as many of the nearly hundreds of thousands of Chinese soldiers arrived in late 1917 on the Western Front, were more or less infected with the flu.
War and poor sanitary conditions have greatly contributed to the rapid spread of infectious diseases around the world and its rapid mutation.
Scientists have failed to establish the first patient and the country of origin of deadly outbreak strain.