Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Lloyds of London, emerging risks and pandemics: be prepared

Lloyds of London have launched a website to "drive the debate on emerging risk". One of the emerging risks is that of pandemic flu.

Lloyds have just published a report on the pandemic scenarios. The report suggests that society should not over-focus on any particular scenario. The report's author notes that much has been said of the 1918 Spanish Flu epidemic, which killed over 100 million people worldwide. While Avian Flu is seen as the most likely next pandemic, they suggest that other types of pandemics may require different responses. The writer notes that some of these may have higher rates of mortality than flu.

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