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Influenza

  • By: Andrew J. Waskey
  • In: Encyclopedia of Global Health
  • Edited by: Yawei Zhang
  • Subject:Public Health (general), Public Health Education & Health Promotion

Influenza, or “flu” for short, is a contagious viral disease that affects the respiratory system. The influenza virus is contracted through airborne exposure. It has also been called the grippe, the “sweating sickness” and in the great pandemic of 1918, Spanish ...

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