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It is a long and chilling document. It lists the names of every embalming fluid and casket supplier in Canada, discusses mass graves and temporary morgues and who should get the small, precious supply of drugs that would be available.
The 400-page report details how the federal government would prepare for and respond to an influenza pandemic. When one hits the world — most experts don't say "if" anymore — health officials estimate it will kill 58,000 Canadians and hospitalize 138,000 others. Five million more will require outpatient care and 10.6 million will be sick enough to miss work.
These days, most experts believe a strain of the avian flu, which has already decimated poultry stocks in Southeast Asia and killed at least 39 people there, is the most likely candidate to become that global killer...
This week, the head of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control called it the single greatest threat to the world today and "a very ominous situation for the globe."..
This month, Canada announced it has spent $24 million to stockpile 9.6 million doses of the drug, which will be topped up to about 16 million doses with contributions from the provinces and territories.
WASHINGTON — The Earth may be on the brink of a worldwide epidemic from a bird flu virus that may mutate to become as deadly and infectious as viruses that killed millions during three influenza pandemics of the 20th century, a federal health official said today.
Dr. Julie Gerberding, head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said scientists expect that a flu virus that has swept through chickens and other poultry in Asia will genetically change into a flu that can be transmitted from person to person.
The genes of the avian flu change rapidly, she said, and experts believe it is highly likely that the virus will evolve into a pathogen deadly for humans.