December 04, 2004

12/4 - W.H.O. to Planet: Okay, no need to panic, but ... WE'RE ALL GONNA DIE!!!!

People complain about environmentalists being alarmists, but what about this -- an official from the World Health Organization recently told the world to get ready for 100 million deaths from the upcoming influenza pandemic. And he's not even the biggest alarmist:

Henry L. Niman, a medical researcher in Pittsburgh, who tends toward gloomy predictions and is a strong critic of W.H.O. for being too conservative, said that with more than 70 percent of the human victims of the disease dying so far, the death toll could in theory exceed a billion people if the disease were to spread rapidly among people with little if any reduction in current mortality rates.

Red States and their corresponding flu viruses.

Posted by Randy Olson at December 4, 2004 11:13 AM