Animals: Pig Flu

In 1918 and 1919, millions of men, women and children died from a worldwide epidemic of influenza. During the same period many U. S. pigs also died from an epidemic of a disease which duplicated all the symptoms of influenza in human beings. Stricken swine developed low fever, cough, bronchopneumonia. Last week the Rockefeller Institute's experts, Drs. Richard Edwin Shope & Thomas Francis Jr. declared, in the Journal of Experimental Medicine, that their researches prove "that swine were originally infected with influenza from man in 1918." Human flu has weakened since 1918, pig flu continues unabated.

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