Flu outbreak would rock Ind. economy

March 23, 2007
by Rick Callahan
Indianapolis Star

A flu pandemic as severe as one that swept the globe in 1918 could inflict a $14 billion blow on Indiana's economy, making it one of the hardest-hit states in the aftermath of a deadly flu outbreak, a report released Thursday warns. The report by the Trust for America's Health said Indiana's gross domestic product would fall 5.87 percent in a pandemic, giving it the 10th highest loss among the 50 states. The group's report was funded by The Pew Charitable Trusts as part of the U.S. Pandemic Preparedness Initiative.

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