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Bulletin of the World Health Organization : 1998; Volume 76, Number 6, Year 1998 76 (6), Pages 545-547: Commentary ; Emerging and Other Communicable Diseases

By D. Heymann

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Title: Bulletin of the World Health Organization : 1998; Volume 76, Number 6, Year 1998 76 (6), Pages 545-547: Commentary ; Emerging and Other Communicable Diseases  
Author: D. Heymann
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Subject: Health., Public health, Wellness programs
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Heymann, D. (n.d.). Bulletin of the World Health Organization : 1998; Volume 76, Number 6, Year 1998 76 (6), Pages 545-547. Retrieved from http://hawaiilibrary.net/


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Influenza virus strain AZ/Hong Kong/68 made its first appearance in China in July 1968 (Cockburn, Delon & Ferreira, 1969). It soon spread to the Western Pacific area and countries of South Asia, and reached the USA in September, where it rapidly caused a sweeping epidemic of influenza associated with high mortality (Sharrar, 1969). It was not until the end of 1968, however, that outbreaks of influenza were reported from Europe. Nearly every European country was involved but no great excess of deaths was observed and the clinical features of the disease appeared to be mild. Scotland shared this experience. In 1969, the first country in Europe to report the reappearance of the variant strain was Spain. Soon afterwards the virus was isolated in other European countries, including the United Kingdom. The e~rlrcsr1 .-port ~ f d cn~ utbrcski n the Unltcd Lngdorn c ~ mtcio 1n the lslnnd of Leu .>. S:c)tl~nd. in October (Haran, 1969; Buchan, 1969) but it was not until the middle of November that there was any apparent evidence of influenza in other parts of Scotland. In December, and especially towards the end of the month, the outbreak assumed epidemic proportions, the peak being reached during January 1970. Athough most areas were affected, the south of Scotland was part~cnlarly hard hit; both morbidity and mortality rates were high. The epidemic started to subside late in January and the downward trend continued during February (Reid & Gordon, 1971).

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