2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the 1918 influenza pandemic, which took the lives of an estimated 50 million individuals around the globe. Going Viral is a new podcast by medical historians Mark Honigsbaum and Hannah Mawdsley, a doctoral student at Queen Mary University in London who is at work on a dissertation about the influenza pandemic. In each episode of this podcast, Honigsbaum and Mawdsley discuss a different aspect of the 1918 flu and its enduring impact. The series' first episode, which features interviews with Dr. Jeffery K. Taubenberger of the NIH Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and science writer Laura Spinney, offers insight into the horrific experience of those who were impacted by the flu. This episode also tells the story of the diplomat Sir Mark Sykes, who died of the flu in 1918. In 2008, virologist John Oxford exhumed Sykes' body in hopes of learning more about the virus. Interested listeners can listen to episodes of this podcast on this website. Going Viral is also available on iTunes and RSS.
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