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Five years ago, during the first North American outbreak of the cattle disease CXC, the death rate from the disease was 5 percent of all reported cases, whereas today the corresponding figure is over 18 percent. It is clear, therefore, that during these past 5 years, CXC has increased in virulence.
Which one of the following, if true, most substantially weakens the argument?
(A) Many recent cattle deaths that have actually been caused by CXC have been mistakenly attributed to another disease that mimics the symptoms of CXC.
(B) During the first North American outbreak of the disease, many of the deaths reported to have been caused by CXC were actually due to other causes.
(C) An inoculation program against CXC was recently begun after controlled studies showed inoculation to be 70 percent effective in preventing serious cases of the illness.
(D) Since the first outbreak, farmers have learned to treat mild cases of CXC and no longer report them to veterinarians or authorities.
(E) Cattle that have contracted and survived CXC rarely contract the disease a second time.

Please help me know the difficulty level of this question.
I am not mentioning the OA as I dont believe its correct. Let the best option win. :)
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Re: North American outbreak [#permalink] New post 14 Jul 2010, 04:07
I would go with D. But yikes this question is a toughie
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Re: North American outbreak [#permalink] New post 14 Jul 2010, 05:28
D . guess a standard GMAT CR involving percentages.
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Re: North American outbreak [#permalink] New post 14 Jul 2010, 05:57
Can you please explain your reasoning?
How D weakens the statement?
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Re: North American outbreak [#permalink] New post 14 Jul 2010, 06:20
the death rate from the disease was 5 percent of all reported cases, whereas today the corresponding figure is over 18 percent.

The percent is over the reported cases. As per D
Since the first outbreak, farmers have learned to treat mild cases of CXC and no
longer report them to veterinarians or authorities.


Farmers treat some minor cases and DO NOT report them thus the total reported cases have decreased. So 18 % of less reported cases now may not mean actually more deaths.
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Re: North American outbreak [#permalink] New post 14 Jul 2010, 06:31
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Re: North American outbreak [#permalink] New post 15 Jul 2010, 00:30
Premise 1: Five years ago, during the first North American outbreak of the cattle disease CXC, the death rate from the disease was 5 percent of all reported cases,
Premise 2: whereas today the corresponding figure is over 18 percent.
Premise 3: (HOWEVER)Since the first outbreak, farmers have learned to treat mild cases of CXC and no longer report them to veterinarians or authorities.
Conclusion : It is clear, therefore, that during these past 5 years, CXC has increased in virulence.


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the death rate from the disease was 5 percent of all reported cases, whereas today the corresponding figure is over 18 percent.

The percent is over the reported cases. As per D
Since the first outbreak, farmers have learned to treat mild cases of CXC and no
longer report them to veterinarians or authorities.


Farmers treat some minor cases and DO NOT report them thus the total reported cases have decreased. So 18 % of less reported cases now may not mean actually more deaths.


gud 1 by kissgmat :P
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Re: North American outbreak [#permalink] New post 15 Jul 2010, 03:07
is it C???what's the OA?
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Re: North American outbreak [#permalink] New post 27 Jul 2010, 12:15
this is my explanation

this is a causality CR:
the virulence of the CXC is the only reason of the % to weaken this one should come up with an other reason
for instance id farmers treat their cat alone, they can be not well trained and then the ilness will persist

Hope i'm clear
Re: North American outbreak   [#permalink] 27 Jul 2010, 12:15
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