– December 1, 2008

Economic Bulletin

Vol. XLVIII No. 12 | December, 2008

Studies by economists around the world indicate that a severe and widespread bird flu outbreak striking the U.S. could involve serious
illness. It could affect up to 40 percent of the population and cause as many as 2 million fatalities. Such a disaster also could cost 4 to 11
percent of a given year’s GDP.

by William F. Ford


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