The World Dies Coughing

January 25th, 2005 | researchmaterial

Football matches and pop concerts may be banned and people confined to their homes if there is a flu pandemic. The measures are likely to be included in the government’s contingency plan, which will be published in the spring.

Ministers have been warned an outbreak of a deadly flu virus is long overdue – the last one was in 1968.

Experts fear Avian flu, which has killed 32 people in south east Asia, could mutate to allow it to be passed from person-to-person. The virus can only be passed to humans by infected birds at the moment. But it is thought the strain of the virus could easily acquire the characteristics of human flu and become much more infectious.

Last year, the World Health Organization said an flu pandemic was “inevitable” and countries across the world should start preparing…

[Related: Suspected human-to-human birdflu transmission in Viet Nam]


2 Responses to “The World Dies Coughing”

  1. Flu Porn
    Football matches and pop concerts may be banned and people confined to their homes if there is a flu pandemic. The measures are likely to be included in the government’s contingency plan, which will be published in the spring….

  2. this recalls a picture in the Fortean Times some years ago of a dead spaniard whose efforts to sodomise a chicken had dislodged a boulder which killed them both. As the chicken said at the time – it’s just one damn thing after another.On a more paranoid note, banning public gatherings on the back of a few deaths with the same delivery system is a mighty handy tool in a kit that already contains measures for locking up people who may become a threat in the future. So, that’s literally anybody then. I would rather take my chances at Old Trafford and die because my neighbour screamed a deadly spume of joy at a Scholes strike than sit in my fear box and listen to the shit from dot gov. Fuck chicken licken