Friday, May 01, 2009
Influenza: 1918 Spanish Flu
I'm the influenza pandemic of 1918.
I was an influenza A virus H1N1 type flu.
I was called Spanish flu when I got to Spain early on.
In Spain I was called 'La Grippe'.
I had H1N1 that one no had seen before,
So no one was immune.
I spread all over the world at the end of WW1.
I went through the soldiers and then the rest of the world.
Some of my brother flu viruses killed the weak, the very young or very old.
I was deadliest to healthy young people.
I lasted for 2 years and killed 40 million people.
That's more than World War 1 and more than the black death!