posted on Apr, 28 2009 @ 02:28 AM
I think the reason tuberculosis isn't mentioned in the media is simply because it's not as contagious as the current flu in Mexico. TB *is*
contagious, and has a mortality rate similar to the flu in Mexico, but it doesn't spread very readily.
Also, TB infections occur every year, not in some scary epidemic but slowly. You've got 644 deaths spread throughout a year, or a rate of less than
2 per day. With this swine flu, at least in Mexico, you've had over 80 deaths in just a few day. That's several times the number of people dying
of TB per day.
During an average year, we have over 20,000 flu *deaths* (article
). 54 people
every day of the year. That's just ordinary flu, not anything particularly deadly. It's thirty times the daily rate of TB. And ordinary flu
barely gets any air time, except maybe a short bit advising you to take aspirin, make yourself comfortable, and go to a doctor if symptoms worsen.
They usual stuff.
The flu in Mexico is worrisome. In some ways it is behaving like the flu in 1917-1918, killing 5% or more of those infected. That's 10,000 times
the normal mortality rate for flu. Assuming the US were infected with this deadly virus, the number of deaths would be in the millions.
As far as I know, the US still hasn't had any fatalities attributable to the current flu outbreak. The whole discussion of pandemic could be
irrelevant. On the other hand, we may be facing a serious crisis. Time will tell.
[edit on 4/28/2009 by chiron613]