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U.S. Census Bureau Daily Feature for March 11
Date:3/11/2008

WASHINGTON, March 11 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:

TUESDAY, MARCH 11: FLU EPIDEMIC'S 90TH

Profile America -- Tuesday, March 11th. One of the most devastating public health crises of modern times hit the U.S. on this day 90 years ago and experts are still studying it, hoping to head off a similar global pandemic. The first cases were reported among soldiers at Fort Riley, Kansas, just back from fighting in Europe. Called the "Spanish influenza," the virus moved quickly, and in October, the worst month, 195,000 Americans perished. By 1920, nearly one-in-four Americans had suffered from this strain of the flu, killing a half million of them. Worldwide, some 22 million people died. Even less dramatic forms of the disease are deadly. Each year, nearly 60,000 Americans die of the flu and pneumonia. You can find these and more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau on the Web at http://www.census.gov.

Profile America is produced by the Public Information Office of the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments ready to air on a monthly CD or on Internet at http://www.census.gov (look under the "Newsroom" button). For further information, contact Rick Reed at +1-301-763-2812, fax at +1-301-457-3670, or e-mail at rreed(At)census.gov.


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