Study of 1510 pandemic may help modern researchers

A new study of the 1510 influenza pandemic by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases may help modern doctors plan for preventing, controlling and treating such diseases.

The 16th century respiratory epidemic began in Asia and spread to Africa and Europe through trade routes in summer and was quickly over, with relatively few deaths, even without the aid of modern medicine. Experts at the National Institutes of Health will be able to use information about the disease to prepare for expected seasonal outbreaks.