The Spanish Influenza, which swept the United States in 1918, is the worst single pandemic to enter the U.S. in its history. The epidemics usually oc cur in two‐year to three‐year cycles. 1974 smallpox epidemic of India: 1974 India: Smallpox: 15,000 Soviet flu: 1977–78 Worldwide: Influenza A virus subtype H1N1: 10,000–30,000 Sverdlovsk anthrax leak: 1979 Russia: Anthrax: 105 HIV/AIDS pandemic: 1981–present Worldwide: HIV/AIDS An influenza pandemic is a global outbreak of a new influenza A virus that is very different from current and recently circulating human seasonal influenza A viruses. The New York Times reported on its front page that the “virus that caused the greatest world epidemic of influenza in modern history—the pandemic of 1918-19—may have returned.” It is rooted in a 1976 swine flu outbreak at Fort Dix in New Jersey, which resulted in the death of a U.S. soldier. The finding resolves a long-standing puzzle about the way flu outbreaks spread, and could help control future epidemics. I was a student at Oxford University and surprise, surprise, my blood shows I got it. The Influenza Pandemic of 1918-1919, London et al. After last year's sweeping outbreak of Hong Kong flu in some 36 states, scientists ex pected little trouble this win ter. 1974, p. 11. In March and April, a localized outbreak of influenza A in the middle Atlantic states was reported. ATLANTA, Oct. 13 (UPI)—The Hong Kong flu bug that felled millions of Americans in the influenza epidemic of 1968–69 may reappear this winter in a new guise. A second wave of influenza … The final great epidemic of the 20th Century was Russian flu, which hit Britain in 1977. The Lost Worlds of the 1918 Influenza Epidemic, Oxford 2012, pp. The flu epidemic appeared to be over in December, but many places saw a second wave of the epidemic in January and February of 1958. 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