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WHO warns we’re ‘not prepared’ for global pandemic

The World Health Organization is warning that the world is “not prepared” for the kind of global pandemic that has killed millions in the past.

In a report released Wednesday, officials say an incident like the 1918 influenza outbreak, which killed more than 50 million people, could cause up to 80 million deaths today and spread across the world in just a couple of days.

Recent examples of epidemics include the Ebola and SARS scares of the last decade.

WHO officials say more resources should be devoted to disease prevention and disaster preparation.

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