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Nearly 40 years since we defeated smallpox, scientists fear a new deadly plague could strike at any moment

One hundred years ago a third of the global population — some 500 million people — became infected with ‘Spanish flu’.  Up to 50 million of them died in the 1918 pandemic. Ever since, scientists have been alert to the possibility of another super-virulent influenza virus.  Today, with more than seven billion people on the planet, numerous densely-populated mega-cities, and the ease of modern air travel, the death toll from such a virus could be unimaginably higher.  Read more...



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