World at risk of deadly flu outbreak that could spread in 36 hours, kill 80,000,000, experts warn
London, Sep 18, 2019 (AltAfrica)-A deadly outbreak of a flu-like illness could kill 80 million people across the world in less than two days, experts have warned.
The world is not prepared for the “very real threat” of a pandemic, according to a panel led by the ex-chief of the World Health Organisation.
In a stark report, 15 public health leaders criticised a “cycle of panic and neglect” which they say has characterised responses to health emergencies.
Scientists have previously warned about the possibility of an unknown deadly plague dubbed Disease X that could wipe out millions.
The Global Preparedness Monitoring Board (GPMB) today said the world is now at an “acute risk” of pandemics.
“The threat of a pandemic spreading around the globe is a real one,” the group said in a report released on Wednesday.
“A quick-moving pathogen has the potential to kill tens of millions of people, disrupt economies and destabilise national security.”
The report highlights the danger of a lethal respiratory pathogen, which could kill between 50 and 80 million people.
As the world has become more interconnected, such a pathogen could spread around the globe within 36 to 50 hours, the report says.