Asian influenza

a form of epidemic influenza caused by a virus believed to have been carried from Asia in the late 1950s.
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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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.
Word Origin

likely originated in 1950s China
Usage Note


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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