Aug 23, 07. Infectious diseases are spreading faster than ever before, the
World Health Organization annual report says.
With about 2.1 billion airline passengers flying each year, there is a high
risk of another major epidemic such as Aids, SARS or Ebola fever.
The WHO urges
increased efforts to combat disease outbreaks, and sharing of virus data to
help develop vaccines. Without this, it says, there could be devastating
impacts on the global economy and international security.
In the report,
A Safer Future, the WHO says new diseases are emerging at the "historically
unprecedented" rate of one Since the 1970s, 39 new diseases have developed,
and in the last five years alone, the WHO has identified more than 1,100
epidemics including cholera, polio and bird flu.
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