The Lost Worlds of the 1918 Influenza Epidemic, Oxford 2012, pp. Influenza B strains isolated in the 1973-1974 season were similar to B/Hong Kong/5/72, B/Victoria/98926/70, and strains intermediate between the 2. I was a student at Oxford University and surprise, surprise, my blood shows I got it. 1974, p. 11. It is rooted in a 1976 swine flu outbreak at Fort Dix in New Jersey, which resulted in the death of a U.S. soldier. The final great epidemic of the 20th Century was Russian flu, which hit Britain in 1977. After last year's sweeping outbreak of Hong Kong flu in some 36 states, scientists ex pected little trouble this win ter. 1974 smallpox epidemic of India: 1974 India: Smallpox: 15,000 Soviet flu: 1977–78 Worldwide: Influenza A virus subtype H1N1: 10,000–30,000 Sverdlovsk anthrax leak: 1979 Russia: Anthrax: 105 HIV/AIDS pandemic: 1981–present Worldwide: HIV/AIDS A second wave of influenza … An influenza pandemic is a global outbreak of a new influenza A virus that is very different from current and recently circulating human seasonal influenza A viruses. From November 1977 through mid-January 1978 the population younger than 25 years in the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics experienced a widespread epidemic of mild influenza (Russian flu) caused by an H1N1 virus similar to the virus that circulated worldwide during the early 1950s. ATLANTA, Oct. 13 (UPI)—The Hong Kong flu bug that felled millions of Americans in the influenza epidemic of 1968–69 may reappear this winter in a new guise. The finding resolves a long-standing puzzle about the way flu outbreaks spread, and could help control future epidemics. The Spanish Influenza, which swept the United States in 1918, is the worst single pandemic to enter the U.S. in its history. In March and April, a localized outbreak of influenza A in the middle Atlantic states was reported. The epidemics usually oc cur in two‐year to three‐year cycles. The New York Times reported on its front page that the “virus that caused the greatest world epidemic of influenza in modern history—the pandemic of 1918-19—may have returned.” The Influenza Pandemic of 1918-1919, London et al. 131-133. For 7 weeks pneumonia and influenza mortality exceeded the epidemic threshold for this area. 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