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It is predicted that a flu pandemic could infect up to half of the population of Britain and kill up to 750,000 people.
The threat of an influenza pandemic remains real. Whilst it is not possible to predict its timing or severity, the top priority for the Government is to do all we possibly can to protect the public.
Nottingham University Business School has calculated that a pandemic could cost British business £95 billion. Last year, a study for the Harvard Business Review concluded: “Should a pandemic emerge, it would become the single biggest threat to business continuity, and could remain so for up to 18 months.”
Avian flu crossed the species barrier in 1918 and millions died. We should take careful note