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New Flu Pandemic Could Kill 81 Million


12/22/2006 6:37:26 AM

LONDON (AP) -- A flu virus as deadly as the one that caused the 1918 Spanish flu could kill as many as 81 million worldwide if it struck today, a new study estimates. By applying historical death rates to modern population data, the researchers calculated a death toll of 51 million to 81 million, with a median estimate of 62 million.

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