EXPERTS are warning that a flu pandemic will happen – it’s just a question of when. The World Health Organisation (WHO) have been outlining a global plan for fighting the virus and trying to prevent a massive worldwide outbreak of disease. But they’ve said that the threat is ever-present. “The question is not if we will have another pandemic, but when,” said WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.”We must be vigilant and prepared – the cost of a major influenza outbreak will far outweigh the price of prevention”. Part of the worry, Dr Ghebreyesus said, was the risk of a new flu virus transmitting from animals to humans. A new flu virus could come from animals We revealed back in February that experts were starting to worry about flu being caught off bats. The University of Lancaster has been researching into whether bat flu could transcend livestock and human barriers, and they found that the virus could infect chicken and pigs.”Because of the role farm animals play in transmitting flu to humans, it appeared that the bat flu virus has the potential to either infect humans directly or by first infecting other animals,” said molecular virology expert Muhammed Munir. “We… Read full this story
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