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To: ThePythonicCow
"Viruses that kill 50% to 80% (as H5N1 is doing, in its isolated cases so far) are less dangerous to humankind, because they kill too many, limiting its spread."

I saw a program the other night on the National Geographic Channel (I think) titled, The Plague. One of the researchers on there said that the 'Black Death' deaths had been underestimated and it was probably over 50%. That program was followed by another titled: The Next Plague, see them if you get the chance. It covers the next pandemic which is assumed to be the mutated (human - human) H5N1. (It was scary)

24 posted on 11/11/2005 7:01:52 PM PST by blam
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To: blam
But wasn't the plague spread by fleas on rats or some such, which would mean that the mechanisms that suppress the extent of epidemics caused by overly aggressive viruses spread by human to human contact would not apply?
25 posted on 11/11/2005 7:09:32 PM PST by ThePythonicCow (To err is human; to moo is bovine.)
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