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Why is swine flu more deadly than the bird flu?

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Dr. Douglas Arenberg
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
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In brief: Not necessarily true

Any influenza can be mild or fatal.
The severity of an epidemic is determined by the efficiency of transmission and the prevalence of immunity in the population which is infected. For any one individual, there is very little difference in the severity of swine and avian influenza. For a community, the above described factors as well as many others can contribute to the severity of an outbreak.

In brief: Not necessarily true

Any influenza can be mild or fatal.
The severity of an epidemic is determined by the efficiency of transmission and the prevalence of immunity in the population which is infected. For any one individual, there is very little difference in the severity of swine and avian influenza. For a community, the above described factors as well as many others can contribute to the severity of an outbreak.
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