A little perspective, please

If a country had 65 infections of a disease, causing 4 deaths, in a month, with very poor health infrastructure, you’d be worried, right?  Well, we’re talking about cholera in Zimbabwe, not swine flu in Mexico, so more likely not.  But it remains worth noting: these numbers, which are roughly similar — albeit with fewer deaths — than those caused by the H1N1 virus represent a vast decrease in infections and deaths from cholera in Zimbabwe, which has experienced a staggering 97,400 cases, including 4,271 deaths, since the devastating outbreak of the disease last August.

Shows you why cholera is first in this list of “five disease outbreaks that are worse than swine flu.”