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Misdiagnosis of the Asian 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.

Doctors initially misjudge what would become the next big influenza pandemic.
Medium: Radio
Program: Assignment
Broadcast Date: June 25, 1957
Host: Maria Barrett, Bill McNeil
Reporter: Colin Edwards
Duration: 12:06

Last updated: December 20, 2012

Page consulted on September 17, 2013

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