Started by EvadingGrid, Apr 20, 2017, 06:53:49 AM
0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.
Quote"We ignore the link between health security and international security at our peril," he said."The next epidemic could originate on the computer screen of a terrorist intent on using genetic engineering to create a synthetic version of the smallpox virus... or a super contagious and deadly strain of the flu," he added.
Quote"It's hard to get your mind around a catastrophe of that scale, but it happened not that long ago."In 1918, a particularly virulent and deadly strain of flu killed between 50 million and 100 million people."You might be wondering how real these doomsday scenarios really are."The fact that a deadly global pandemic has not occurred in recent history shouldn't be mistaken for evidence that a deadly pandemic will not occur in the future."And even if the next pandemic isn't on the scale of the 1918 flu, we would be wise to consider the social and economic turmoil that might ensue if something like ebola made its way into urban centers," he said.