100 Years of Influenza:
Will Public Health Be Ready
for the Next Pandemic?
In 1918, no one even knew for sure that influenza was a viral disease; the potentially grave respiratory illness was widely believed to be bacterial, perhaps caused by a species of Bacillus. But then, the field of public health laboratory practice was still in its infancy. One hundred years later, public health is in a much better place, but critical preparedness gaps still persist.
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