Health Fact

Bacteria and Viruses: Perpetual Contaminants

  • Every year, 10%-20% of Americans become ill with the flu (influenza). (Source: Focus On The Flu: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease: NIAID).
  • Expressed another way, approximately 25% of the population has flu-associated illness annually, leading to an average of 20,000 to 40,000 deaths per year.
  • “According to health care experts, infectious diseases caused by microbes are responsible for more deaths worldwide than any other single cause. They estimate the annual cost of medical care for treating infectious diseases in the United States alone is about $120 billion.” (Source: Microbes in Sickness and in Health – Publications, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases: NIAID)