World conflicts increase risk of infectious diseases killing millions: panel

World conflicts increase risk of infectious diseases killing millions: panel

The world is facing a mounting threat of disease pandemics that could kill millions and wreak havoc on the global economy, a international expert pane

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The world is facing a mounting threat of disease pandemics that could kill millions and wreak havoc on the global economy, a international expert panel has warned, and governments should work to prepare for and mitigate that risk.The Global Preparedness Monitoring Board (GPMB), co-convened by the World Bank and the World Health Organization (WHO), warned that epidemic-prone viral diseases like Ebola, flu and SARS are increasingly tough to manage in a world dominated by lengthy conflicts, fragile states and forced migration.Story continues below

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