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Possible Bird Flu Pandemic Bad for the Economy

The World Bank is warning world leaders about a possible H5N1bird-flu pandemic and its possible consequences to humanity. In a worst-case scenario, a flu pandemic could kill many millions of people, cost trillion of dollars, and cut global gross domestic product (GDP) leading to a major global recession. Even though the H5N1 bird flu virus has killed hundreds of people and caused billions of dollars in losses, a possible massive outbreak among humans would follow the emergence of a new strain of influenza to which almost no one would have natural immunity, leading to a death toll of up 180 million people, experts say.

To read the full article please search online for:  ECONOMY: Threat of "Major Global Recession" Tied to Bird Flu

The merciless exploitation of birds for human use causes unimaginable suffering to these animals. Since our actions have consequences, we now face a possible bird flu pandemic that could kill hundreds of millions of people and affect the world's economy to a great extent. The transition to a plant-based diet helps reduce the number of birds raised for food, and therefore, makes the virus transmission less likely.

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