History of flu outbreaks

Published On: Jan 10 2013 09:47:55 AM PST   Updated On: Dec 18 2013 08:05:56 AM PST

The first human has died from the H10N8 avian flu virus, which has only been detected in birds until now. Take a look at history's four main flu outbreaks.

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Most influenza–and pneumonia–related deaths occurred between September 1957 and March 1958. Although the 1957 pandemic was not as devastating as the 1918 pandemic, about 69,800 people in the United States died. The elderly had the highest rates of death.


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