Research On 1918 Flu Could Help Fight Bird Flu

Washington (AP) -- New research into history's deadliest epidemic might give doctors some ideas on how to fight the modern-day bird flu.

Experts now believe the Spanish Flu, which hit in 1918, actually turned a person's body against itself. Scientists resurrected the virus, which exists today only in two labs. They infected monkeys with it, and their research shows that an over-stimulated immune system killed even while trying to fight the flu.

The new study suggests those fighting the bird flu in the future could try using drugs that reduce inflammation and control the body's immune response.

Spanish Flu killed 50 million people nearly 90 years ago.

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