Tuesday, February 07, 2006

U.S. Business Urged To Get Ready For Pandemic

Outbreak Could Cost Three Times More Than 9/11 & Hurricane Katrina

From MSNBC :
"The federal government estimates that a medium-level pandemic in the United States could cause up to 207,000 deaths, 734,000 hospitalizations, 42 million outpatient visits and 47 million sick people. The total economic impact could hit $166.5 billion, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

"The people who would normally maintain the social structure ... would also be sick," Janoff said. "It would be a paralyzing lack of structure and lack of function. That's the doomsday scenario."

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