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Between 1900 and 1920 Australia was involved in the two ‘great’ pandemics of the twentieth century: bubonic plague (1900–20) and influenza (1918–20). Worldwide, 60 million and 500 million were infected respectively, with mortality rates of 30% and 10%. As at November 2021 there have been over 250 million confirmed cases and more than 5 million deaths (https://covid19.who.int/). This presentation uses maps of plague and influenza pandemics to illustrate observations by Ashburton-Thompson in Sydney, that changed the course of plague, identifying public health principals relevant to prevention of COVID-19, and illustrating epidemiological spread of influenza in the Australian-Pacific region.
Emeritus Professor Robert Clancy is a leading Australian clinical immunologist and a pioneer in the field of mucosal immunology. He is known for his research and development of therapies for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), commonly known as emphysema.