Monday, September 10, 2007

Even if it's not the birds....

... a pandemic flu is going to hit sooner or later. So, no, preparedness is not a waste of time and money, says Margaret Chan:

"I am often asked if the effort invested in pandemic preparedness is a waste of resources," director general Margaret Chan told a regional meeting of the [World Health Organisation].

"Has public health cried wolf too often and too loudly?" she said in a speech.

"Not at all. Pandemics are recurring events. We do not know whether the H5N1 (avian influenza) virus will cause the next pandemic. But we do know this: the world will experience another influenza pandemic sooner or later."

From a talk today, via YahooNews. Full link below:;_ylt=AkBpWCI0c2uGPgc.ziEq49KTvyIi

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