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Monday, November 29, 2004

Flu pandemic "very, very likely"

New York Times (via Majikthise) reports W.H.O. is now issuing some pretty serious warnings about a flu pandemic.

The death toll associated with the rapid spread of a new form of human influenza would be high, Dr. Omi said. While W.H.O. has previously said that the death toll would be 2 million to 7 million people, Dr. Omi said the toll "may be more - 20 million or 50 million, or in the worst case, 100" million.

And Dr. Omi said that in his opinion a global pandemic of influenza was "very, very likely" now.

In a relatd story, Omi states "No country will be spared once it becomes a pandemic [...] History has taught us that influenza pandemics occur on a regular cycle, with one appearing every 20 to 30 years. On this basis, the next one is overdue," he said at a conference of 13 Asian health ministers trying to figure out how to avoid one.


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