Gina Kolata. · Rating details · 5, ratings · reviews. In the Great Flu Epidemic killed an estimated 40 million people virtually overnight. If such a. Flu: The Story of the Great Influenza Pandemic of and the Search for the Virus That Caused It By Gina Kolata. New York: Farrar, Straus. It is sometimes called the “Spanish” flu, probably because neutral Spain did not censor The epidemic per se is not the main subject of Gina Kolata’s interesting .

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A still-unsolved medical mystery, expertly told: What caused the influenza pandemic ofa disaster that dwarfs every other epidemic in this century?

And could it happen again? Kolta York Times science reporter Kolata Clone: The Road to Dolly, etc. Was it a mutation in an ordinary human flu virus that caused a transformation into a global killer? Or was it a crossover from an animal disease, like the variant of swine flu that has been investigated as a possible culprit?


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An especially perplexing aspect of the disease is its W-shaped death curve: There were peaks for giba under five years, and for the elderly ages 70 to 74 years—but also a middle peak for toyear-olds, a surprisingly vulnerable group. Those trying to determine the mode of transmission were unable to devise any method and Kolata relates in revolting detail a number of failed attempts to infect healthy subjects with the disease.

Throughout, she provides a number of hair-raising descriptions of the disease, which eventually afflicted more than 25 percent of the U. Along the way, readers also get a picture of the research world: At one point, many of those studying the elusive influenza viruses dropped that work to go after HIV.

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