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What could cause a historical-type pandemic today?

It is possible that a Spanish Flu-style influenza pandemic could occur today. However, it is impossible to predict the incidence and mortality rates for such a scenario. There is always the possibility that a new infectious disease could occur that could cause an epidemic or pandemic that could have high incidence and mortality rates, though this seems fairly unlikely. However, bioterrorism with weaponized pathogens is a real possibility and could be mild to very serious depending on a variety of factors. If basic public services such as water treatment, sewage, electricity, and waste disposal were to stop for any length of time, historical-type epidemics or pandemics due to diseases such as cholera and typhoid fever could re-emerge.

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