Originally Posted by v8ko
Just the regular run of the mill flu kills 36,000 people in the U.S. EVERY YEAR.
Heres a quote from CNN.com
Since January, more than 13,000 people have died of complications from seasonal flu, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's weekly report on the causes of death in the nation.
That number is just in the US.
250,000-500,000 die annually from the flu.
I guess the biggest fear is of it mutating into something that we can't keep up with and being able to go from species to species as well as survive more than 2-3 hosts.