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  • Written by William Isdale, Research Assistant, Melbourne Law School, University of Melbourne
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The Spanish Flu of 1918 is estimated to have infected around 500 million, and killed between 20 and 40 million, people around the world - all within the space of a year. It is perhaps the deadliest pandemic in human history.

We have seen nothing as devastating since, but outbreaks such as influenza, HIV/AIDS, Zika and Ebola highlight that infectious diseases are a constant threat.

William Isdale spoke with Dr. John Gerrard about predicting the next major infectious disease threat, and how we can prevent a pandemic from establishing itself in Australia.

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Authors: William Isdale, Research Assistant, Melbourne Law School, University of Melbourne

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