Pandemic another blow to the reeling global economy

Experts have warned that, in a worst-case scenario, the cost of a full-scale pandemic could run to trillions of dollars

Susan Mitchell

Deputy Editor and Health Editor @susmitchellsbp
2nd May, 2009

As swine flu spreads further across the world, and Ireland deals with the health implications of its arrival here, studies have painted a grim picture of what a flu pandemic could mean for business and the global economy.

Scares over bird flu - as well as severe acute respiratory syndrome (Sars), which emerged in 2003- resulted in a number of studies into the economic costs of pandemics.

Last year, economists at the World Bank estimated...

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