No evidence of 1918 influenza pandemic origin in Chinese laborers/soldiers in France

Shanks, G. Dennis (2016) No evidence of 1918 influenza pandemic origin in Chinese laborers/soldiers in France. Journal of the Chinese Medical Association, 79 1: 46-48. doi:10.1016/j.jcma.2015.08.009


Author Shanks, G. Dennis
Title No evidence of 1918 influenza pandemic origin in Chinese laborers/soldiers in France
Journal name Journal of the Chinese Medical Association   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1728-7731
1726-4901
Publication date 2016-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.jcma.2015.08.009
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 79
Issue 1
Start page 46
End page 48
Total pages 3
Place of publication Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
Publisher Elsevier, Hong Kong Branch
Collection year 2017
Language eng
Abstract Laborers and soldiers from China and Southeast Asia recruited during the First World War by Britain and France have been suggested as the origin of the 1918 influenza pandemic in Western Europe. This study aimed to review the available data to better understand the sources and origins of the 1918 influenza pandemic, and clarify whether, in fact, there was an Asian connection to its onset. We reviewed official mortality lists from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and the French Ministry of Defence for all-cause (Britain) and pneumonia/influenza (France) mortality, respectively. The results indicated that influenza mortality (estimated 1/1000) in Chinese and Southeast Asian laborers and soldiers lagged other co-located military units by several weeks. This finding does not support a Southeast Asian importation of lethal influenza to Europe in 1918.
Keyword 1918 pandemic
Influenza
Military
Mortality
Pandemic
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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