Ex­pert warns dis­eases may kill mil­lions

Irish Sunday Mirror - - NEWS -

THE world must ramp up ef­forts to pre­vent huge in­fec­tious dis­ease out­breaks which could kill mil­lions of peo­ple, an ex­pert warned yes­ter­day.

The head of the UN’S dis­as­ter risk agency Robert Glasser said flu strains that can jump from an­i­mals to hu­mans pose a real threat.

Speak­ing at the World Ur­ban Fo­rum he added an “out of sight, out of mind” at­ti­tude meant the use of vac­cines and dis­ease sur­veil­lance was low around most of the world.

Mr Glasser said: “Peo­ple are not gen­er­ally aware of them be­cause they are haz­ards that don’t strike very of­ten.”

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