Britain's flu crisis is now at epidemic levels, according to the Government's
Chief Medical Officer. Professor Liam Donaldson said that 300
people in every 100,000 now have the bug, and described Britain as being
in the grip of a "serious epidemic". The scale of the problem is thought
to be much greater than statistics suggest because of the thousands of
people calling the helpline NHS Direct - thus bypassing surgeries
- and using drop-in health centres.
(Note - Let's assume a scientist somewhere has the ability to
create, or graft onto, a fast-spreading influenza virus the genetic material
which will begin to produce a deadly toxin within the infected person that
would be fatal to the infected victim within a day or two. That technology
has, in fact, existed for 10-20 years. Now, consider how fast a flu epidemic
travels...like this one. It would only take one madman with a genetically-altered
flu virus to wipe out most of the world's population in a matter of weeks.