New Drugs Beat Old Flu: Antiviral agents counter deadly 1918 influenza

10:43am, September 25, 2002

A greater killer than the First World War, the influenza virus that swept the globe from 1918 to 1919 took the lives of 20 million to 40 million people. After partially recreating that deadly virus, a research team has now shown that available flu drugs could probably prevent a new pandemic of the 1918 influenza strain or a similar flu.

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