Influenza: Barack Obama's Presidency under Viral Pandemic Flu Threat

January 20, 2009
by Vlad Dan Georgescu and Marita Vollborn

The world is celebrating Barack Obama as President of the United States - while a new threat appears on the horizon: There are severe signs that the long expected pandemic avian influenza could be on its way to conquer the world. First deaths in Asia concern little children, which from virological point of view is a rather new aspect, and could be the evidence for a new spread. While scientists expect this pandemic to happen in the near future, the new President should also stay alert: A coming influenza pandemic would deteriorate the global economy even without financial crisis or recession.

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