Experts warn: Avain flu could break big

WASHINGTON, November 2, 2004: Avian influenza has all the makings of the next great pandemic flu outbreak, Dr. Klaus Stohr, influenza coordinator for the World Health Organization (WHO) told a joint meeting of the American Society for Microbiology and the Infectious Diseases Society of America.

Avian flu which has already been responsible for the death of tens of millions of birds and 32 people in Asia, has been tagged by the scientific community for its outbreak potential. The current strain can only been passed from bird to human but were the strain to evolve to allow human to human passage it could quickly kill millions, experts warned.

Scientists have been on the lookout for the next great disease epidemic which is long past due according to an average cycle of every 27 years. The last one was 1968. Doctors at the meeting also expressed concerned over a lack of available vaccinations should an outbreak occur.

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