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‘Inevitable’ flu pandemic will kill 75,000 Britons and 50 million worldwide, warn Lords

Tamara Cohen
UK Daily Mail [1]
Monday, July 21, 2008

Britain is facing an ‘inevitable’ and ‘devastating’ flu pandemic which will kill up to 75,000 people, a government committee revealed today.

The outbreak – most likely a strain of bird flu which could claim the lives of up to 50 million worldwide – will be on a scale not seen for decades.

The pandemic will require an ‘urgent’ response to prevent the rapid spread of infection, the powerful House of Lords Intergovernmental Organisations Committee warned.

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They slammed Britain’s ‘poorly coordinated’ disease control systems, which are run by too many similar groups.

And the Lords also attacked the World Health Organisation (WHO) as ‘dysfunctional’ and lacking the ‘organisation and resources’ to curb a major outbreak.

The next pandemic will kill between two and 50 million people worldwide and a fair fraction of that in the UK, it said.

Echoing the report, the Government said: ‘While there has not been a pandemic since 1968, another one is inevitable.

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