Host and viral genetic diversity can contribute to explain 1918 influenza mortality in the Pacific

Tarantola, Arnaud, Horwood, Paul, Richard, Vincent, and Quintana-Murci, Lluis (2018) Host and viral genetic diversity can contribute to explain 1918 influenza mortality in the Pacific. The Lancet, 18 (8). pp. 833-834.

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[Extract] We commend Dennis Shanks and colleagues for their extensive, thoughtful Historical Review of the dynamics of the 1918–21 pandemic influenza in the Pacific region. We differ, however, with some of their points.

The authors are perplexed by the wide geographical variation in mortality, which might be explained by several factors. First, the assumption that influenza epidemics in the south Pacific region during 1918–21 were caused by the same viral strains might be unfounded. As the authors show, different territories were not affected simultaneously.

Item ID: 56961
Item Type: Article (Commentary)
ISSN: 0140-6736
Date Deposited: 31 Jan 2019 00:20
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1103 Clinical Sciences > 110309 Infectious Diseases @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9201 Clinical Health (Organs, Diseases and Abnormal Conditions) > 920109 Infectious Diseases @ 100%
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