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US NewsOutbreak of a flu-like illness could circulate the world in 36 hours and kill 80million people, warns report by former World Health Organization chief

04:50  18 september  2019
04:50  18 september  2019 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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36 hours and kill 80 million people , warns report by former World Health Organization chief . must take to protect people around the world in the event of an illness spreading out of control. The report contained a map of the world with a list of possible infections which could trigger the

AN UNKNOWN and surprise disease outbreak could spread across the world in as little as 36 hours , killing upwards of 80 million people The Global Preparedness Monitoring Board (GPMB) has now warned that a major disease could spread in as little as 36 hours and wipe out 80 million people .

Outbreak of a flu-like illness could circulate the world in 36 hours and kill 80million people, warns report by former World Health Organization chief © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited A worker in protective gear disinfects an ambulance carrying a suspected Ebola patient in DR Congo, amid claims that responses to epidemics so far have been 'grossly insufficient' A flu-like illness could travel around the world in 36 hours and kill 80million people, experts have warned.

A century ago the Spanish flu pandemic infected a third of the world's population and killed 50million people.

If a similar outbreak were to happen with today's constantly-travelling population, the effects could be even worse, a report has suggested.

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The World Health Organization (WHO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations that is concerned with international public health . It was established on 7 April 1948, and is headquartered in Geneva

In addition, public health laboratories also report the influenza A subtype (H1 or H3) and influenza B lineage Nationwide during week 35, 1.0% of patient visits reported through the U.S. Outpatient Influenza- like Illness Surveillance Network (ILINet) were World Health Organization : Additional

The Global Preparedness Monitoring Board (GPMB), a team of health experts led by a former chief of the World Health Organization, has produced the report to try and spur world leaders into action.

'The threat of a pandemic spreading around the globe is a real one,' the group said in a report released today.

'A quick-moving pathogen has the potential to kill tens of millions of people, disrupt economies and destabilise national security.'

The report, named A World At Risk, said current efforts to prepare for outbreaks in the wake of crises such as Ebola are 'grossly insufficient'.

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Government officials have previously warned an outbreak of a mutated influenza strain is on the Two scientists calculated how quickly the next pandemic could spread across the country using data from around 30,000 people . Dr Tedros Adhanom, the chief of the World Health Organization

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The GPMB is headed by Dr Gro Harlem Brundtland, the former Norwegian prime minister and director-general of the WHO, and Mr Alhadj As Sy, the secretary-general of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.

Outbreak of a flu-like illness could circulate the world in 36 hours and kill 80million people, warns report by former World Health Organization chief © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The report A World At Risk listed dozens of illnesses which the experts suggested had the potential to trigger an outbreak which could spiral out of control, among them plague, Ebola, Zika virus and Dengue

It said in its report that recommendations it made in an earlier report have been largely ignored by world leaders.

'Many of the recommendations reviewed were poorly implemented, or not implemented at all, and serious gaps persist,' the GPMB wrote.

'For too long, we have allowed a cycle of panic and neglect when it comes to pandemics: we ramp up efforts when there is a serious threat, then quickly forget about them when the threat subsides. It is well past time to act.'

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This is a timeline of influenza, briefly describing major events such as outbreaks , epidemics, pandemics, discoveries and developments of vaccines. In addition to specific year/period-related events, there's the seasonal flu that kills between 250,000 and 500,000 people every year

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The report contained a map of the world with a list of possible infections which could trigger the hypothetical outbreak.

These were split into 'newly emerging' and 're-emerging/resurging'.

Among the former were the Ebola, Zika and Nipah viruses, and five types of flu.

And the latter included West Nile virus, antibiotic resistance, measles, acute flaccid myelitis, Yellow fever, Dengue, plague and human monkeypox.

The report referenced the damage done by the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic and said modern advances in international travel would help the disease spread faster.

With vast numbers of people crossing the world on planes every day, an equivalent air-borne outbreak now could spread globally in less than 36 hours and kill an estimated 50million to 80million people, they said.

Outbreak of a flu-like illness could circulate the world in 36 hours and kill 80million people, warns report by former World Health Organization chief © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited A flu-like illness could travel around the world in 36 hours and kill 80million people, experts have warned (stock photo)

The GPMB report warned: 'There is a very real threat of a rapidly moving, highly lethal pandemic of a respiratory pathogen killing 50 to 80million people and wiping out nearly five per cent of the world's economy.

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A global pandemic of a flu - like virus could kill 900 million people if it started to spread tomorrow, experts warn . Experts warn the world is not prepared to deal with an inevitable outbreak . Scientists have warned a disease outbreak could kill hundreds of millions of people because global

If the 1918 flu pandemic broke out today, it would likely kill at least 62 million people , or slightly more than the number that To gauge the potential threat, researchers reviewed the toll of the most severe previous case, which occurred in 1918 when a flu swept the world , claiming at least 20 million lives.

'A global pandemic on that scale would be catastrophic, creating widespread havoc, instability and insecurity. The world is not prepared.'

In the case of a pandemic, many national health systems - particularly in poor countries - would collapse, they said.

'Poverty and fragility exacerbate outbreaks of infectious disease and help create the conditions for pandemics to take hold,' said Axel van Trotsenburg, acting chief executive of the World Bank and a member of the panel.

The report set out a series of actions the international community must take to protect people around the world in the event of an illness spreading out of control.

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of the WHO, called on governments to 'heed the lessons these outbreaks are teaching us' and to 'fix the roof before the rain comes'.

In their recommendations the team said governments must ringfence money for putting preparations in place and do routine simulation exercises.

The G7, G20 and G77 states should set an example for the rest of the world to follow, they added, and all parties must 'prepare for the worst'.

They also called for more private investment into countries' pandemic preparations and said the UN must do more to co-ordinate responses across international borders.

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EXCLUSIVE: A future influenza pandemic could kill millions of people the World Health The World Health Organisation has warned a future flu outbreak could kill millions. It raged for much of 1918, infecting an estimated 500 million people , with an estimated worldwide death toll of between

The infection causes flu - like illness , and occasionally develops into a potentially lethal complication called severe dengue. The incidence of dengue has grown dramatically around the world in recent decades. A vast majority of cases are asymptomatic and hence the actual numbers of dengue cases

The WHO also warned earlier this year that another pandemic of flu - which is caused by airborne viruses - is inevitable, and said the world should prepare for it.

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Outbreak of a flu-like illness could circulate the world in 36 hours and kill 80million people, warns report by former World Health Organization chief

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