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|28 February 2005: ARE WE PREPARED FOR AVIAN INFLUENZA (BIRD FLU)?|
|Experts say it is no longer a case of if but when a pandemic of bird flu hits the human population.Some countries have already started stockpiling drugs and testing vaccines to beat the virus. |
The UK government has been criticised for being slow on the uptake, but is expected to announce its full pandemic plan in coming weeks.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) recently urged all countries to develop or update their influenza "pandemic preparedness plans" after experts estimated anywhere between two and 50 million people could die if a pandemic hits and the world is not prepared.
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