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Centenary of the 1918 Influenza pandemic

Keiji Fukuda shares his insight on influenza public health policy with Nature Microbiology

"A hundred years ago, a pandemic of influenza virus stunned the world, killing millions and frightening many more. We remain vulnerable to such outbreaks, but lessons learned from the past, a century of research and international cooperation could (and should) help prepare us for future pandemics."

On the occasion of the centenary of the 1918 "Spanish flu", Nature Miocrobiology has published online a special collection of reviews and articles as well as interviews with experts working on influenza. Among them, Keiji Fukuda, Director of the School of Public Health at HKU!

"In the field of infectious diseases, the 1918 pandemic has always been an ultimate reminder that what can, in fact, take place. The sheer number of deaths is numbing. But what has always struck me even more is the ability of people to somehow largely forget that such an event ever occurred."

Read the whole interview here.

And access the collection here.


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