The Ultimate Flu History Quiz

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4 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

Human history is marked with incidences of death and disease due to flu outbreaks, such as the flu epidemic of 1918 and the black plague. These types of deathly flu viruses killed more people than wars. Take this quiz and learn about the history of the flu.

How often does an aggressive flu virus appear?

About every 30 to 40 years an aggressive flu virus appears. This strain of the flu mutates enough that most people's immune systems are not prepared to defend against it.


The most severe flu epidemic coincided with:

The flu epidemic of 1918 coincided with World War I. The first cases of this flu were in young and fit soldiers in the spring of 1918.


Where did the flu epidemic of 1918 originate?

The flu epidemic of 1918 originated in the U.S. state of Kansas. Infected soldiers from the United States brought the virus over the Atlantic to Europe during the war, spreading the virus and creating an epidemic.


What country was most affected by the flu epidemic of 1918?

Approximately 8 million Spanish people died of the flu epidemic of 1918, hence the name the Spanish Influenza.


Why was the flu virus of 1918 so deadly?

This particular flu strain was able to mutate with every new infected person and environment, creating an extremely contagious and deadly virus.


What was found in the bodies of 1918 flu epidemic victims?

Autopsies revealed that those who died from the 1918 flu epidemic had swollen, wet lungs filled with bloody fluid.


How was the 1918 flu virus able to spread from soldiers to civilians?

Thousands of people would gather in tight quarters to welcome home the flu-infested troops. In Philadelphia, one such welcome home celebration led to 11,000 people dying from the virus.


How did the American government attempt to prevent the spread of the 1918 flu epidemic?

The infected East Coast of the United States attempted to warn the West Coast of the flu epidemic. The government attempted to control the outbreak by closing theaters and churches. Everyone was also required, by law, to wear gauze masks in public.


How many Americans died of the 1918 flu epidemic?

In a mere 10 months, more people had died because of the flu than due to the war. Approximately 600,000 Americans died from the flu epidemic.


By November of 1918, how many people worldwide had died of the flu?

The 1918 flu epidemic was able to spread worldwide due to the aggressiveness of the virus and the circumstances of the time. By November 1918 an unbelievable 21 million people had died from the flu.


Where did the black plague virus originate?

The black plague lived in the medieval wild black rat and in the stomach of adult rat fleas for centuries before the virus spread to humans.


Why did the black plague virus spread to humans?

It is widely believed that the black plague virus spread to humans due to a series of ecological changes in Central Asia during the mid 14th century, such as earthquakes, famines and floods.


The black plague:

The black plague still exists today and spreads through flea bites.


Who was first infected by the black plague?

When fleas ran low on rats to infest, they turned to seamen. Fleas lived in the products being shipped on boats, infecting unsuspecting humans on their journeys at sea.


What was a characteristic symptoms of the black plague?

Egg-sized growths around the flea bite was the characteristic symptom of the black plague. These growths were extremely painful.


Besides large growths, what was another symptom of the black plague?

Hemorrhaging would occur under the skin of an infected individual after the egg-size growths appeared. This would cause purple blotches around the waist.


How quickly would people die after contracting the black plague?

People would die very quickly after contracting the black plague, within four to six days. This left little time for any medical intervention.


Pneumonic plague is when the black plague virus reaches:

Pneumonic plague is when the infection reaches the lungs. This allows the virus to spread from person to person by a simple cough or sneeze.


What is a characteristic symptom of pneumonic plague?

The main symptom of pneumonic plague is vomiting blood. People were repulsed by infected victims of the plague, because the symptoms of the virus were rather disgusting.


What is septicemia?

Septicemia is a particularly vicious version of the plague. A victim of septicemia is infected through the bloodstream and death usually occurs within a day.


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