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The Brazilian Navy faces its worst enemy in WWI: The Spanish flu
Date:3/14/2012

rs exacerbating the impact of exposure to the pandemic virus. The authors also point to the fact that crew members most likely had no previous immunity against the virus due to a lack of exposure to the earlier and milder wave of this pandemic in the beginning of 1918, which was largely restricted to the Northern Hemisphere. Also, the short supply of drinkable water may have been an aggravating factor for the high mortality among the Brazilian soldiers anchored in the heat of the Senegalese coast.

Besides its historical value, the research may contribute to a better understanding of the cocktail of factors possibly underlying potentially severe and deadly flu pandemics that have occurred in the past, and which may still threat us in the future.

This work has just been published in the Journal of Influenza and Other Respiratory Viruses and will be presented in the XIV International Symposium on Respiratory Viral Infections in Istanbul (Turkey) on 23-26 March 2012.


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