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Asian flu

a form of epidemic influenza caused by a virus believed to have been carried from Asia in the late 1950s.
Also called Asian influenza. Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for asian influenza

Asian flu

a type of influenza recurring in worldwide epidemics, caused by a virus (A2 strain or subsequent antigenic variants), which apparently originated in China in 1957
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Contemporary definitions for asian influenza

See Asian flu


a virulent type of influenza that appears in worldwide epidemics; also called Asian influenza


Scientists are looking for answers to how Asian flu is transmitted internationally.

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likely originated in 1950s China

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asian influenza in Medicine

Asian influenza n.
Influenza that is caused by a strain of influenza virus type A, which was first isolated in China during the 1957 epidemic.

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