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WHO warns countries to prepare for the next outbreak of flu diseases

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News24xx.com - Influenza or flu is a disease that may often be underestimated as a mild seasonal disease. Even though the flu actually has the potential to become a fatal disease, some types of the flu itself were already took many lives before, for example in the Spanish flu epidemic or the recent bird flu and swine flu.

Related to this, the World Health Organization (WHO) said that the next big flu outbreak in the future cannot be avoided. WHO warned that countries prepare to face potential damage, not looking at as a trivial thing. "We must always be vigilant and ready. The cost of restoring the influenza epidemic will far outweigh the costs to prevent it" WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said, quoted by Reuters, on March 12th 2019.



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World health experts and WHO worry about the emergence of a new and more deadly flu virus one day start from animals to humans and will infect thousands of people. As a type of virus, influenza includes in easily mutated virus that could infect billions of people each year. Of these, around 3-5 million are included in cases of severe infections which result in 290-650 thousand deaths.

The outbreak prevention plan currently owned by WHO is involving countries to develop the function to monitor diseases in their countries. Governments are encouraged to develop better tools for detecting, controlling and treating diseases by using vaccines or antiviral drugs.

 

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