Friday, September 30, 2005

Pandemic not panning out for WHO

Every year or so the World Health Organization feels the need to remind us that our doom is imminent:

A top U.N. public health expert warned Thursday that a new influenza pandemic could come anytime and claim millions of lives unless officials to take action now to control an epidemic in Asia.

Dr. David Nabarro of the World Health Organization called on governments to take immediate steps to address the threat at a news conference following his appointment as the new U.N. coordinator to lead a global drive to counter a human flu pandemic.

"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," he said.

Sure it could happen. A hot-dog cart could also fall on your head while walking to work. Personally, I choose not to spend too much time worrying about either.

Don't think there is not a certain amount of dissapointment within the WHO (and the press) every time a flu outbreak doesn't turn out to be "the big one".

New Flu Pandemic Could Kill 150 Million