A history of influenza

  title={A history of influenza},
  author={C. W. Potter},
  journal={Journal of Applied Microbiology},
  • C. Potter
  • Published 1 October 2001
  • Medicine
  • Journal of Applied Microbiology
1. SUMMARY From the history of influenza epidemics and pandemics, which can be traced back with some accuracy for the past three hundred years, and with less certainty before this time, it is apparent that outbreaks occur somewhere in the world in most years. Annual epidemics are due to antigenic drift; and pandemics, occurring at 10 to 50 years intervals, are due to new virus subtypes resulting from virus reassortment. Nothing has been introduced during the past 100 years to affect the… 

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