Infectious Diseases: Flu & Paraflu

The symptoms seemed to extend from coast to coast—sore throat, a cough, runny nose, varying degrees of fever—and there were sensationalized press reports of a "deadly threat to the elderly'' and a "nationwide epidemic."

Thousands of Americans, mostly in the Eastern states, were down last week with something loosely described as flu. The U.S. Public Health Service, on guard against a new epidemic of the Asian flu, which first appeared in 1957, renewed its standard warning to groups of vulnerable people—pregnant women, patients who already have heart or lung disease, and the elderly—to...

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