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Stronger measures needed to avoid flu pandemic in Europe, commission warns

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 08 April 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:854
  1. Rory Watson
  1. Brussels

    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 …

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