posted on Sep, 26 2009 @ 11:35 AM
reply to post by orderedchaos
Plague and Flu aren't even in the same taxonomic phyla. The plague is a bacteria, while Influenza is a virus. Two totally different types of
The Plague isn't gone, by the way. It infects about 13 people in the US each year on average, and just about 3,000 people worldwide. Mortality rate
is about 50-90% if untreated, however if proper medical care is sought, this number drops to about 15% mortality rate.
So assuming every patient who contracts the plague gets proper care, it only kills about 200 people on average annually on the high end. The flu kills
far more people per year. However, other such diseases like Tuberculosis, Malaria, and HIV are real devastates.
Tuberculosis... this disease (also a bacterial species) is still a scourge which needs to be remedied effectively. .It infects about 9 million people
annually, and causes 2 million deaths worldwide. At any given time, TB has infected about 1/3rd of the human population. The worst part, however, is
that TB is most prevalent in countries with substandard or non-existent health care systems. It's hit Africa particularly hard where the HIV pandemic
has weakened the constitutions of many in the population. The Coinfection of HIV and TB severely reduce the life expectancy of patients, and is one of
the main killers of HIV patients.
[edit on 26-9-2009 by Lasheic]