This is a great story about our community’s leadership and commitment to addressing one of the biggest environmental health problems we face—a pandemic flu.
There are speculations all over the world about the probability that our planet will face another pandemic like the Spanish Flu that killed between 50 and 100 million people in 1918-19. This makes the pandemic flu more dangerous to our species than the Black Plague because, though the Black Plague killer a larger percentage of the population back in the 1300’s, in pure numbers a pandemic flu may have killed more individuals.
Some think another pandemic likely, some less. But in matters like these, even a small likelihood of a pandemic flu requires that we act responsibly and ready ourselves for such a quick-moving and devastating disease. It’s important to remember that unlike other forms of the flu, a pandemic flu will not simply strike at the young and old and those with compromised immune systems—it will strike everyone.
So, preparedness is key and that one of our universities in Rochester is being signaled out to establish a research center on this critical issues show what an advanced and environmentally community we are. URMC receives money for new bird flu research center - News - MSNBC.com The medical center has been awarded tens of millions of dollars to establish a new bird flu research center. The National Institutes of Health hopes to lower the yearly death toll from seasonal flu and to make future influenza pandemics less deadly. (March 31, 07) Rochester, NY news from WHEC-TV - MSNBC.com