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Mankind's 13 Deadliest Diseases

Adam Starr | AllHealthcare

12. Influenza A-H1N1 (Swine Flu)

The CDC explains, “on June 11, 2009, the World Health Organization (WHO) signaled that a global pandemic of novel influenza A (H1N1) was underway. At the time of the WHO’s announcement, more than 70 countries had reported cases of novel influenza A (H1N1) infection and there were ongoing community level outbreaks of novel H1N1 in multiple parts of the world.

Since the WHO declaration of a pandemic, the new H1N1 virus has continued to spread, with the number of countries reporting cases of novel H1N1 nearly doubling. In the United States, significant novel H1N1 illness has continued into the summer, with localized and in some cases intense outbreaks occurring.

The United States continues to report the largest number of novel H1N1 cases of any country worldwide.” In good news, you aren’t likely to get swine flu, and if you do get it, you are even less likely to die from it. As of July 2009, 40,000 people had contracted swine flu in the U.S. and 263 people have died from it. This means you have a .000131 chance of already catching it, and a .0000000864 of dying from it at current levels.


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