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The Human Immunodeficiency Virus or HIV causes the disease we know as AIDS. AIDS is a pandemic—a disease outbreak that is happening all over the world. In 2000 alone, 3,000,000 people died of AIDS. Since the AIDS pandemic began around 1985, almost 22,000,000 people have died from the disease. Right now, HIV infects more than 36,000,000 people across the world, so that death toll will definitely get a lot bigger over the next several years.
Influenza is a virus that causes the flu. Over history it is responsible for more deaths than any other. In 1918, the Spanish flu killed more than 50 million people worldwide. The Human Immunodefiency Viris, HIV, is a more recent virus which is just as deadly, so it doesnt have the numbers that Influenza does. Influenza also has the ability to adapt and form new strains every flu season, making it hard to combat and making the innoculations, or flu shots less hardy and reliable each year.
In regards to what virus kills the quickest, Ebola wins first place. It kills when your vital organs basically liquify in place and you die. This can happen within the 24 to 48 hours from exposure to the virus.
Originally posted by alienstar
A virus needs a human host.So in a sense i can see a virus becoming merged with another virus since they can mutate.
[edit on 20-5-2008 by alienstar]
Spanish Flu -- It circulated until early 1920, with virtually everyone on Earth eventually exposed to the virus.
The global death toll from the pandemic is unknown. In the 1920s, it was estimated to be about 20 million. A more complete analysis in 1991 raised that to 30 million. One in 2002 said mortality “may fall in the range of 50 to 100 million.”
Accordingly, humans injected in this manner, upon being inspected after three weeks or more had elapsed and compared with similar humans that had been given placebos, were completely cured of AIDS. The control group still manifested AIDS....
Originally posted by Deharg
H5N1 would be a deadly virus if we all inhaled bird feaces, the reason being that it kills healthy people not the old or very young like influenza does.