The Influenza Virus

Cecily Johnston

What is the Influenza Virus?

The Influenza Virus is a very infectious virus that attacks your respiratory system. A fact about the flu is that when scientists first discovered the Hantavirus, they thought that it was the Navajo Flu.

What organs/ organ systems are affected by the flu?

Your nose, lungs, throat, and chest are all affected by the flu. Your respiratory system is mainly affected by the flu.


Some of the symptoms for the flu include dry cough, fever, headache, muscle aches, nasal congestion, sweats/chills, and weakness/fatigue.

1918 Spanish Flu Outbreak

The 1918 Spanish Flu Outbreak has been recorded as the most crucial epidemic in history and because of this it is named the mother of all pandemics. Before people discovered this outbreak, there was another respiratory disease outbreak shortly before the time of the 1918 Spanish Flu Outbreak. The Spanish Flu Outbreak began around the same time as World War 1 and was first discovered in Europe. More than half of the fighting soldiers got the flu and 43,000 of the soldiers died. After the outbreak, the average life span for the US was down to just 10 years. St. Louis alone had 31,500 cases and 1,703 deaths, however, St. Louis had the lowest death rate. The Untied States had 675,000 deaths alone and the whole world together had around 500 million cases and 50 to 100 million deaths. That is a lot of deaths compared to the Butcher's Bill for World War 1 which had 8.5 million deaths.
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