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Extracted from text ... Threat of 'flu pandemic definite An influenza pandemic of similar scale to those which plagued the planet in 1918, 1957 and 1968, is now a definite threat. Speaking to media representatives in Johannesburg towards the end of May, world-renowned virologist, Prof John Oxford, said that the bird-transported H5N1 virus presented a far greater threat than the SARS virus which emerged in Asia a year or two ago. "SARS, admittedly, reached epidemic proportions, but it was largely concentrated in one area and fortunately, due largely to the pre-emptive work by Urbani, was prevented from spreading. "This new virus is different ..
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