Thursday, May 26, 2005

Guardian Unlimited | Special reports | Bird flu virus 'close to pandemic'

"Mark Honigsbaum
Thursday May 26, 2005
The Guardian

A leading scientist warned yesterday that the avian flu virus is on the point of mutating into a pandemic disease and says that current estimates that such a pandemic could cause 7.5m deaths may understate the threat.

His warnings come as experts writing in today's edition of Nature voice concerns about the world's inability to manufacture sufficient vaccines for a pandemic and warn of the impact that the virus - H5N1 - could have on the global economy."

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