October 28, 2004

Lysenko Lives

War, Famine, Pestilence, and the Other One:

The world is on the brink of a major flu epidemic — one that could claim more than a billion lives, the head of the Russian Virology Institute, Academician Dmitry Lvov said at a press conference organized by the RIA-Novosti news agency on Thursday.

“Up to one billion people could die around the whole world in six months,” Lvov said. The expert did not give a timeframe for the epidemic, but said that it is highly probable that it will start this year. “We are half a step away from a worldwide pandemic catastrophe,” the academic said.

At least the Greens would be happy about the rider on the Pale Horse doing his worst.

Posted by Charles Austin at October 28, 2004 02:20 PM

For the love of God, people, it's the freakin' FLU.

Posted by: Kerry at 05:44 PM

Well, the flu can kill, especially virulent strains like the one during World War I. In fact, it kills about 36,000 people during the year, mostly the sickly or old.

Posted by: Andrea Harris at 08:11 PM

Yeah, but this guy's talking about a billion deaths. Flu that virulent would kill its hosts too quickly to spread. It's why we haven't all died of Ebola.

Posted by: David Gillies at 02:05 PM