WASHINGTON, March 11, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
Profile America — Friday, March 11th. One of the most devastating public health crises in history hit the U.S. on this date 98 years ago — and experts are still studying it, hoping to head off a similar global pandemic. The first cases of what was called "Spanish flu" were reported among soldiers at Fort Riley, Kansas. By 1920, nearly one-in-four Americans had suffered from this strain of the flu, killing about 600,000. Worldwide, estimates put the death toll up at 50 million or more. Even less dramatic strains of flu can be deadly, necessitating medical research. Confronting these and other health issues are some 6,700 medical laboratories in the U.S. today, along with 74,000 medical scientists, and over 84,000 biomedical engineers Profile America is in its 18th year as a public service of the U.S. Census Bureau.
Outbreak/accessed 1/12/2016: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/features/introduction/influenza-introduction/
Toll/ accessed 1/12/2016: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/eid/article/12/1/05-0979_article
Laboratories/NAICS 621511: http://factfinder.census.gov/faces/tableservices/jsf/pages/productview.xhtml?pid=BP_2013_00A1&prodType=table
Biomedical engineers and medical scientists: http://factfinder.census.gov/faces/tableservices/jsf/pages/productview.xhtml?pid=ACS_14_5YR_B24121&prodType=table
Profile America is produced by the Center for New Media and Promotions of the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on the Internet at http://www.census.gov (look for "Multimedia Gallery" by the "Newsroom" button).
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SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau