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Pandemics

If CORVID-19 has you thinking about pandemics, this guide will get you started in researching to epidemics of the past.

The "Hong Kong Flu" of 1968

Overview

A category 2 Flu pandemic sometimes referred to as “the Hong Kong Flu,” the 1968 flu pandemic was caused by the H3N2 strain of the Influenza A virus, a genetic offshoot of the H2N2 subtype. The first reported case was July 13, 1968 in Hong Kong. In less than three weeks the virus was reported in Singapore and Vietnam, and within three months had spread to The Philippines, India, Australia, Europe, and the United States. While the 1968 pandemic had a comparatively low mortality rate (.5%) it still resulted in the deaths of more than a million people. It claimed 15% of the population of Hong Kong.

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