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Originally posted by FredT
Valhalls thread can be found here:
EXCLUSIVE: Interview with Henry L. Niman about Avian Flu
Bird flu could cause global economic catastrophe
Bird flu threatens to cause a "catastrophic" economic crash in Britain and around the world, unprecedented in modern times, according to new research.
Two studies from Nottingham University and the Bank of Montreal in Canada show that a flu pandemic - described by the World Health Organisation last week as inevitable - would slash at least £95bn from British GDP, extinguish at least 900,000 jobs and create a global depression to rival that of the 1930s
So far about 60 people are known to have died from the virus, about half of those infected. Experts fear that it will mutate to spread rapidly among people, killing tens - perhaps hundreds - of millions worldwide. Last week Dr Lee Jong-wook, director-general of the World Health Organisation, said the mutation was inevitable and "just an issue of timing". Publicly the Government says that more than 50,000 people are likely to die in Britain, but privately it is preparing for up to 750,000 deaths. Earlier this year Professor Hugh Pennington, one of the country's experts, said that the British death toll could reach two million.
Originally posted by loam
Concerning transmission via a swine vector... What do you think about this???
Pure pig organ donors?
And it's the Chinese at the forefront of this research.
Originally posted by Springer
Also, China withheld much needed data for several months claiming they didn't have a problem.