Asian flu

noun

Definition of Asian flu 

: influenza that is caused by a subtype (H2N2) of the orthomyxovirus causing influenza A and that was responsible for about 70,000 deaths in the U.S. in the influenza pandemic of 1957–58

called also Asian influenza

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Asian flu

noun
\ ˌā-zhən-, -shən- \

Medical Definition of Asian flu 

: influenza that is caused by a subtype (H2N2) of the orthomyxovirus causing influenza A and that was responsible for about 70,000 deaths in the United States in the influenza pandemic of 1957–1958

called also Asian influenza

— compare hong kong flu, spanish flu

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