When the Lamb opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature say, “Come!” I looked, and there before me was a pale horse! Its rider was named Death, and Hades was following close behind him. They were given power over a fourth of the earth to kill by sword, famine and plague, and by the wild beasts of the earth.~ The Book of Revelations 6:7
War gets all the headlines, but disease kills more people. It’s not even close, really.
Just malaria here:
World Malaria Report 2008
Half of the world’s population is at risk of malaria, and an estimated 247 million cases led to nearly 881 000 deaths in 2006.
Is the Pig Flu the Pandemic that have formed the plot for so many science fiction novels (The Stand, The Last Centurian, I Am Legend, Emergence)?