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Bird flu pandemic could cost 2 trln dollars : World Bank
uusjio | December 4, 2007 at 09:59 pmby
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"The global economic costs could be between 1.5 to two trillion dollars,"
Peter Harrold, acting Vice President of the World Bank, was quoted by AFP as telling an international conference on avian flu in New Delhi that wraps up Thursday.
International donors have pledged 2.3 billion dollars to help countries combat the threat, and more than one billion dollars had been allocated to other groups involved in the fight, Harrold said.
More than 600 delegates from 105 countries are in New Delhi to discuss preparedness and challenges in fighting avian flu.
Experts fear a virus mutation that could result in severe and easily transmitted influenza in humans could create the next pandemic, with far-reaching consequences.
"About 20 percent of the global population will be affected during the next pandemic," Margaret Chan, director general of the World Health Organisation, told the gathering.