The Spanish Flu

The Spanish Flu

The year is 1951. Although campfires have warmed the frozen ground enough to dig into the decades-old mass grave, a young doctor finds what he had been looking for: the corpse of a young girl. Blue dress, red ribbons in her hair. Would this child’s body hold the key to saving millions of lives? Fast

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Introduction to Epidemiology

[MUSIC PLAYING] Good day and welcome to the introduction to epidemiology. My name is Dr. Kate Glyn and I’m the Associate Director for Science at CDC’s Division of Scientific Education and Professional Development. This course is a basic overview of epidemiology. In today’s session, we’ll define epidemiology and explain the role of the epidemiologist in

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How Influenza Spreads

How Influenza Spreads

Influenza is one of those perfectly infectious viruses. It’s transmitted in micro droplets and aerosolized when we sneeze and cough. It gets on our hands and we touch things and it can live a little bit longer in the environment than many viruses can. You go onto the subway, somebody sneezes on you, somebody blows

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How Seasonal Influenza Viruses Evolves

How Seasonal Influenza Viruses Evolves

Every year the flu virus takes a kind of a worldwide journey. There are new strains, new combinations of flu that emerge in different countries and then spread out. All influenza viruses, if you look at how they’re constructed genetically, you can see they’re a family. Some of these however are found in just people.

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Why Is Influenza so Dangerous?

Why Is Influenza so Dangerous?

Influenza is an acute respiratory disease, which is caused by infection of the respiratory tract by influenza viruses. When you have full blown influenza, you know it. You have fever, you have aches and pains, you have cough, sore throat, muscle aches throughout. You have chest pain, joint pain, not being able to get out

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