Fatality rate of major virus outbreaks in the last 50 years as of 2020

Among the ten major virus outbreaks in the last 50 years, Marburg ranked first in terms of the fatality rate with 80 percent. In comparison, the recent novel coronavirus, originating from the Chinese city of Wuhan, had a fatality rate of 2.2 percent as of January 31, 2020. As of early February 2020, the virus has spread to 24 countries with over 40 thousand confirmed cases.

Fatality rate of major virus outbreaks worldwide in the last 50 years as of 2020

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Sources

Release date

January 2020

Region

Worldwide

Survey time period

as of January 31, 2020

Supplementary notes

* As of January 31, 2020.
** Between 2009 and 2010.
*** As of November 2019.

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