53 Brentwood Blog

Saturday, May 24, 2003

It seems that SARS is back in Toronto. Here some facts about death rates of diseases…

Worldwide, the death rate for SARS is approximately 6 percent.
Reliable death rates are available for the flu. In a typical year, it is usually below 1 percent.
The Spanish flu pandemic of 1918-19 had a death rate estimated to have been about 2 percent. It killed perhaps 25 million people worldwide because it quickly swept the globe and infected millions.
Ebola has a mortality rate of 70 percent to 95 percent and for this reason does not spread easily, therefore the overall number of people who die is low.

Shankar Vedantam and Rob Stein


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