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Bracing for the Hong Kong flu

For centuries it has silently stalked us, killing tens of millions of people and evading all the best efforts at a permanent cure. It is influenza, a potentially lethal bug whose unique ability to reinvent itself in deadlier forms has prompted researchers to dub it the "last great virus" facing humanity. CBC Archives explores the deadly history of influenza and looks at what's being done to avoid a new global pandemic.

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Reports from across North America about the impact of the 1968 pandemic.
Medium: Radio
Program: The World At Six
Broadcast Date: Dec. 16, 1968
Host: John O'Leary
Reporter: Joan Donaldson, Al Robbins, Jess Marlowe
Duration: 3:24

Last updated: December 20, 2012

Page consulted on December 24, 2014

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