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Flu / New Strain #487169

NBC Evening News for Friday, Feb 20, 1976
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(Studio) Influenza closes schools in parts of 3 states and classified as epidemic in 121 cities. New and dangerous flu strain reported; may be related to strain that killed so many in 1918.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(Fort Dix, New Hampshire) Worst flu epidemic occurred in 1918-19. Americans wore masks (photos shown) to avoid catching it. 20 million caught it; 500,000 died. New type of flu found at Fort Dix. 1 of 4 soldiers died from flu virus.
REPORTER: Richard Hunt

(Atlanta, Georgia) Samples checked at United States Center for Disease Control. Virus similar to virus that causes flu in swine. Swine virus has characteristics similar to 1918-19 flu. [Assistant director center, Dr. Bruce DULL - says no vaccine for new virus but 1 can be devised.] Health orgs. alerted about new virus.
REPORTER: Richard Hunt

(Fort Dix, New Jersey) Not known whether swine flu is oddity or not.
REPORTER: Richard Hunt

Chancellor, John;
Hunt, Richard

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