412 BC – Major epidemic of disease (which, although not called influenza, probably was influenza) recorded by Hippocrates.
1357 AD – The term, “influenza,” from the Italian word meaning “influence,” was coined. Popular belief at the time blamed the development of flu on the influence of the stars.
1485 – ‘Sweating sickness” a flu-like malady, sickens hundred of thousands of people in Britain. The Lord Mayor of London, his successor and six aldermen die. The Royal Navy cannot leave port due to the sickness of sailors. Doctors prescribe tobacco juice, emetics, cathartics and bleeding as treatment for the disease.
1580 – First recorded influenza pandemic begins in Europe and spreads to Asia and Africa.
1700s – Influenza pandemics in 1729 -1730, 1732-1733, 1781-1782.
1830 – Major epidemic causing high mortality among the elderly spreads across Russia from Asia.
1831 – 1833-1834 Influenza pandemics hit.
1847 – 1848 – Influenza sweeps through the Mediterranean to southern France and then continues across in Western Europe.
1878 – A disease causing high mortality in poultry becomes know as the ‘Fowl plague’. Fowl plague in now called HPAL avian influenza.
1889 – 1890 – The “Russian flu” spreads through Europe and reaches North America in 1890.
1900 – Major epidemic.
1918 – 1919 – “The Spanish Flu” circles the globe (though some experts think it may have started in the U.S.) Caused by HINI flu virus, it is the worst influenza pandemic (and subsequently, epidemic) to date. There were more than half a million U.S. deaths; worldwide death estimates range from 20 million to 100 million, according to WebMD. “The pandemic comes before the era of antibiotics — which are now essential in treating the secondary bacterial infections that often kill flu-weakened patients — so it’s difficult to say whether this flu would have the same dreadful impact on the modern world, but it is a very frightening disease, with very high death rates among young, previously healthy adults.”
OUR NOTE: Humans can not manufacture or store vitamin ‘C’.
We lack of the enzyme – L-gulono-gamma-lactone oxidase.
See also: ‘Diseases from Space’
Fred Hoyle & N.C. Wickramasinghe
And – ‘Evolution from Space’
Fred Hoyle & N.C.
List of 250 Epidemics by
This is a list of the largest known epidemics and
pandemics caused by an infectious diseases.