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BIRD FLU FEATURES Title= The greatest enemy of all--Infectious Disease

The Journal of the American Medical Association said in 1918:

"The 1918 has gone: a year momentous as the termination of the most cruel war in the annals of the human race; a year which marked, the end at least for a time, of man's destruction of man; unfortunately a year in which developed a most fatal infectious disease causing the death of hundreds of thousands of human beings. Medical science for four and one-half years devoted itself to putting men on the firing line and keeping them there. Now it must turn with its whole might to combating the greatest enemy of all--infectious disease."

from"In the fall of 1918 the Great War in Europe was winding down and peace was on the horizon. The Americans had joined in the fight, bringing the Allies closer to victory against the Germans. Deep within the trenches these men lived through some of the most brutal conditions of life, which it seemed could not be any worse. Then, in pockets across the globe, something erupted that seemed as benign as the common cold. The influenza of that season, however, was far more than a cold. In the two years that this scourge ravaged the earth, a fifth of the world's population was infected. The flu was most deadly for people ages 20 to 40. This pattern of morbidity was unusual for influenza which is usually a killer of the elderly and young children. It infected 28% of all Americans (Tice). An estimated 675,000 Americans died of influenza during the pandemic, ten times as many as in the world war. Of the U.S. soldiers who died in Europe, half of them fell to the influenza virus and not to the enemy (Deseret News). An estimated 43,000 servicemen mobilized for WWI died of influenza (Crosby)."


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I find it a good idea to lift quotes to remind you of the article content - not all sources keep articles up indefinitely. Using the source template also means you can just cut and paste into a story. Brian McNeil / talk 21:10, 10 November 2005 (UTC)

Here's another one, with my style of lifting quotes for the details.

"two men and an 8-year-old girl have been hospitalized with suspected avian influenza in a northern Vietnamese province ... new human cases in Bac Giang province, 70 kilometres northeast of Hanoi ... H5N1 virus, which so far has killed half the people known to have contracted it ... 42 people in Vietnam since 2003 ... sent blood samples from the patients to the National Institute for Hygiene and Epidemiology for testing and the results are expected back in three or four days"

Brian McNeil / talk 15:16, 11 November 2005 (UTC)

No need to extract quotes from BBC sources, they keep everything. Brian McNeil / talk 15:51, 11 November 2005 (UTC)