I know of two people who picked up salmonella from eggs.
Kevin Keener's estimate of 1 in 20,000 eggs infected with salmonella is not really very far from the USDA's estimate of 1 in 30,000 eggs. That's 0.005% versus 0.00333%, and 0.005% is still such a very small probability. This article also does not look into the seriousness of salmonella infection, which, according to the article I referenced, is not really a big deal for healthy people.
I guess it's the luck of the draw then. But with the chances of getting a salmonella infected egg being very slim and the illness if you get one not being a big deal, I think I'll take my chances with eating raw eggs. Don't you agree that the benefits outweigh the low risks?
It is not that clear cut. This may be fine for someone who is healthy to begin with, but in a person who is immune suppressed the risk is much greater. Basically this is like saying why bother wiping off the pesticide residue off of vegetables since the benefits of the vegetables can outweigh the risks of the residue.