Many infectious disease experts predict that a new influenza strain could emerge without warning and cause a devastating pandemic. In view of this threat and the burden of illness and thousands of deaths caused annually by "typical" flu outbreaks, the World Health Organization (WHO) has launched a new campaign to intensify efforts to fight the disease.
As a first step, the agency said it is developing a Global Agenda on Influenza—a "hit list" of activities to reduce influenza-related morbidity and mortality caused by annual flu epidemics.
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