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Ebola, avian flu and Zika: How to protect future generations from the next epidemic

In a recent survey of epidemiologists, 90 per cent of them said a pandemic would leave one billion people sick; kill 165 million; and cost the world economy $3-trillion (U.S.) over the next two generations. Which pathogen will do this?

That’s the million-dollar question and we don’t know the answer. Most virologists expect it will be a new kind of avian influenza. If a new kind of avian influenza were to emerge and spread as effectively as existing influenza viruses do already, we will see a huge increase in sickness, hospitalizations and death. More novel forms of influenzas are emerging. And the frequency with which…

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