Stronger measures needed to avoid flu pandemic in Europe, commission warnsBMJ 2004; 328 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.328.7444.854-c (Published 08 April 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:854
- Rory Watson
Governments in Europe must step up their defences to avoid a potential influenza pandemic, the European Commission has warned.
Every year some 5000 to 6000 people in Europe die from seasonal outbreaks of flu. But in a pandemic?the last of which occurred in 1968?that number would rise to hundreds of thousands, says the commission.
In the 20th century these global outbreaks caused widespread illness, and a high number of deaths occurred on average once every 25 years. Recently concerns were raised by the outbreak of avian flu in …