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Mankind's 13 Deadliest Diseases

Adam Starr | AllHealthcare

10. Influenza

The CDC explains that “Influenza, (aka the flu), is a contagious and viral respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. The best way to prevent the flu is by getting a flu vaccination each year. Every year in the United States, on average 5% to 20% of the population gets the flu; more than 200,000 people are hospitalized from flu complications, and; about 36,000 people die from flu-related causes. Some people, such as older people, young children, and people with certain health conditions, are at high risk for serious flu complications.”

Unfortunately, the flu can mutate into new diseases such as bird flu and swine flu. According to the WHO, “Influenza affects mainly the nose, throat, bronchi and, occasionally, lungs. Infection usually lasts for about a week, and is characterized by sudden onset of high fever, aching muscles, headache and severe malaise, non-productive cough, sore throat and rhinitis.”


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