Fairly mild?

April 24, 2009

U.S. officials track new flu strain

The virus is usually fairly mild but it still kills between 250,000 and 500,000 people in an average year. And every few decades, a completely new strain pops up and it can cause a pandemic, a global epidemic that kills many more than usual.

This was in your article, and I was wondering if it is a typo or mistake? Could you please let me know.


The numbers are accurate, although I admit it is jarring to see the phrase “fairly mild” attached to a death toll like that: GBU Editor

The H1N1 influenza strain in a microscopic image courtesy of the CDC. REUTERS/Handout
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The article has a bad link for the CDC. There is a period at the end of the link. Take off the period and the CDC page is valid.

You’re welcome.

Posted by Difster | Report as abusive

So half a million people get killed every year and it’s called a mild strain?
How about the West Nile virus? How many people did it kill in the US alone?

It depends on when Plutarch mentioned Antony and Cleopatra’s death and burial: Before or After he took up Roman citizenship. If before he should be refered as Plutarch of Chaeronea. If after, then he should be called Mestrius Plutarchus, a Roman name.
I don’t get it why the commentary for the public was disabled in this one. Surely Plutarch, Antony and Cleopatra are old news…

Posted by Ikea | Report as abusive

Ikea – the comments on Plutarch were disabled through a software glitch. It’s open for discussion now.

Posted by Robert Basler | Report as abusive