What Was the 1918 Influenza Pandemic?

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One hundred years ago, a new influenza virus appeared and swept across the globe, killing between 50 and 100 million people. Two NIAID experts, Dr. Jeffery Taubenberger and Dr. David Morens, discuss why the 1918 flu was so deadly, and what resurrecting the virus from preserved tissues has taught us.

If a similar pandemic arose today, could we stop it? Watch this video to find out more: https://youtu.be/lePhU_RA01k

To hear more from Dr. Taubenberger about why he studies 1918 influenza, check out this additional interview excerpt on the NIAID Now blog: https://www.niaid.nih.gov/news-events/why-study-1918-flu
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