Medical Museum Science Café

On the Centenary of the 1918 Influenza: Lessons from the Past and Planning for the Future


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When: Tuesday, October 23, 2018, 6-7pm

National Museum of Health and Medicine
2500 Linden Lane
Silver Spring, MD 20910


An influenza pandemic occurred in 1918-1919 that resulted in at least 50 million deaths worldwide, and 675,000 deaths in the U.S. The causative agent was not identified at that time. In the late 1990s, the genetic sequence of the 1918 influenza virus was determined using fragments of viral RNA preserved in autopsy tissue samples from U.S. soldiers who died of the 1918 flu that were housed in the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology. Using this sequence, scientists were able to rebuild the virus for study. Information learned is helping us prepare for future pandemics and to develop new treatments and vaccines to prevent influenza. PRESENTER: Jeffery K. Taubenberger, M.D., Ph.D., Chief, Viral Pathogenesis and Evolution Section, Deputy Chief, Laboratory of Infectious Diseases, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health


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