The respiratory virus known as coronavirus that’s killed 17 in China is mutating in a way similar to the deadly virus at the center of the dystopian film 12 Monkeys.

In the 1997 sci-fi thriller, a deadly pathogen known as kalavirus (or M5-10) wipes out 7 billion people in 2016, which mutates several times over the years, killing even more of the initial outbreak’s survivors.

Like the kalavirus, the Chinese-borne coronavirus has mutated several times already, with some experts calling it as deadly as the Spanish flu epidemic which killed 50 million people worldwide in 1918.



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