A Chinese virologist has warned of spreading deadly swine flu in China and India after Mexico announced the death toll of the outbreak rose.
“We are counting down to a pandemic,” Guan Yi who helped fight SARS and bird flu said on Monday. .. Guan, a professor at the University of Hong Kong, said there would be many problems if swine flu reached China and India, “where populations are so dense and health infrastructure is still insufficient.”
Drug firms in China and India are preparing to fight the growing pandemic. As the two most populous nations, and both with high population density, an outbreak could decimate the population. From Reuters:
The virus could spread quickly in densely populated cities in China or India where healthcare systems are often inadequate and antibiotic resistance is common, health officials say.
But so far there have so far been no confirmed or even suspected cases of the virus in either China or India, where more than one out of every three humans live.
Since avian flu caught the world off guard in 2003, Swiss drugmaker Roche Holding AG has authorized drug companies in developing countries to manufacture an inexpensive generic form of its Tamiflu drug, called oseltamivir or Fluvir.
China is tightening borders to prevent the introduction of swine flu: