Influenza Pandemic Is Topic at Beach Haven Library Talk May 22 

May 14, 2018

World War I was nearing an end when a second war erupted that would envelop the entire world – the Influenza Epidemic of 1918. By the time it disappeared, 675,000 Americans and between 15 million and 20 million people world-wide had died.

Jim Curley, who lost an aunt to the epidemic, will discuss “The Forgotten Flu – Now Remembered” at the Beach Haven Public Library Tuesday, May 22, at 10:30 a.m. Curley will focus on the outbreak, the heroes and response both in the United States and around the world, as the disease took its toll as an unseen but lethal enemy.

There are several possible explanations for the high mortality rate of the 1918 influenza pandemic. Some research suggests that the specific variant of the virus had an unusually aggressive nature. One group of researchers recovered the virus from the bodies of frozen victims, and found that transfection in animals caused a rapid progressive respiratory failure and death through a cykotine storm (overreaction of the body’s immune system). It was then postulated that the strong immune reactions of young adults ravaged the body, whereas the weaker immune systems of children and middle-aged adults resulted in fewer deaths among those groups.

To register for the program, call the library at 609-492-7081. —E.E. 

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