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04-28-2009, 10:31 PM
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Flu may be echo of 1918 pandemic

By Sharon Kirkey, Canwest News ServiceApril 27, 2009

Ominous similarities exist between the swine flu and the 1918 pandemic virus that killed millions around the globe, from a shared "death profile" of 20-to-40-year-olds to an ability to spread rapidly among humans, experts say.

Some warn the swine flu outbreak has all the hallmarks of a pandemic. Others say it may be no worse than normal flu.

"The bottom line is, we really don't know," says Dr. Brian Ward, an expert on viruses, vaccines and pandemics at McGill University in Montreal.

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