Tropical Diseases: A Geographical Inquiry
Bird Flu

Race Against Killer Flu

National Geographic. (2005). Race against killer flu. [Video file]. 


In 1918, the Spanish flu left over 50 million people dead. It was the worst pandemic in recent history. Recent research confirmed it was an avian flu. Today H5N1, otherwise known as Bird Flu, is threatening the human race, mutating in similar ways to the Spanish flu at breakneck speed. H5N1 has claimed human lives in South Asia and has been detected in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. It could become an airborne contagion at any time.

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"Bird flu, also called avian influenza, a viral respiratory disease mainly of poultry and certain other bird species, including migratory waterbirds, some imported pet birds, and ostriches, that can be transmitted directly to humans. The first known cases in humans were reported in 1997, when an outbreak of avian influenza A virus subtype H5N1 in poultry in Hong Kong led to severe illness in 18 people, one-third of whom died." (Encyclopedia Britannica, 2017)

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