Where did Influenza Originate?
Human influenza first was found in Russia in 1580 and began to spread to Europe via Africa. In Rome over 8,000 people were killed and several cities were wiped out. It is believed that influenza was acquired from eating animals like horses and ducks. Although it is said to be from Russia, influenza could have dated back further but there is no evidence it has. Human influenza was not isolated until 1933.
How Did it Spread?
influenza is spread through the air by coughing or sneezing. Influenza is usually spread from person to person. It can also sometimes be spread by coming in contact with something that has been contaminated recently. Adults can infect others almost a day before symptoms start to show and up to five days after becoming sick. Influenza can be prevented by washing hands frequently.
What does this say about Russia?
How could Influenza Affect a Government?
Human influenza could effect a government by having them spend thousands of dollars trying to find a vaccine. Back when influenza first began it would wipe out the whole town, leaving nothing behind, killing everyone. Today human influenza can be treated but the government has to spend lots of money from making vaccines. Also, human influenza gets stronger and learns to avoid some vaccines so we have to actively make more vaccines. The government has to buy the vaccines and pay the people who make the vaccines, thousands have to be made daily.
Socially, human influenza isn't that big of a deal, but precautions have to be made. Back when it was new and had just began people were very scared because they knew death was almost certain. Today if someone gets the flu it just means a few days in bed while it gets better. Some cases of the flu are bad though, some people still die due to the flu. People who get the flu need to go to the doctor and get some medicine and it usually goes away in a couple of days.
Economically, human influenza is a big deal because thousands of medicines have to be made everyday to prevent human influenza. Most of it is spent by the government but it costs a lot to get medicine for it. Human influenza has to be treated all around the world almost everyday and medicine is costly. Also, people who have been infected or have the flu have to pay for a check up at the doctors office and that can be costly. Back when it started, it hurt many economies because many were torn down due to the influenza and many economies had to be rebuilt.
This doesn't say very much because there are very many recordings of influenza outbreaks. Russia may not have even been the very first outbreak, but it was the first recorded outbreak. This does mean that Russia did not find a cure for it and it does go away after time. It also shows that, if not treated, influenza kills many people. Lastly it shows that influenza spreads very widely and very fast, if not careful.