WHO expert urges world to prepare for anticipated outbreak
A global influenza pandemic could come at any time and claim anywhere between 5 million and 150 million lives, depending on steps the world takes now to control the bird flu in Asia, the United Nations said.
Additionally, the bird flu virus is likely to mutate into a strain that can be passed person to person, Dr. David Nabarro of the World Health Organization told reporters at a Thursday news conference at the United Nations in New York.
“We expect the next influenza pandemic to come at any time now, and it’s likely to be caused by a mutant of the virus that is currently causing bird flu in Asia,” Nabarro said in a report from The Associated Press…
Nabarro said he hopes to persuade governments that “the U.N. system is actually going to help keep their people alive,” and to generate political support for a three-pronged strategy focusing on prevention, preparedness, and response to a potential pandemic.
How are they going to convince anyone that the UN system cares about keeping people alive when the UN runs like a rabbit from the government sponsored violence in Darfur?
This potential pandemic scares me, but the fact that the UN is handling it scares me more.