A KILLER flu pandemic could be poised to sweep the globe “tomorrow,” killing as many as 33 million people in its first 200 days.
A catastrophic shift in the flu virus could wipe out 300 million people, a leading flu expert has warned.
The warning comes as vicious outbreaks sweep across the United States and Britain during the northern hemisphere’s winter.
One of these unusually deadly strains first emerged in Australia last year, and has since been dubbed “Aussie Flu”. Officially designated H3N2, this variant has proven resistant to the latest flu vaccine and has become the most common circulating.
It’s also proven particularly deadly to the elderly.
‘Aussie Flu’, along with another strain, ‘Japanese Flu’, are being blamed in a more than 40 per cent surge in flu-related deaths in the US and UK.
Dr Jonathan Quick, chair of the Global Health Council, said the rapidly shapeshifting flu virus is “the most diabolic, hardest-to-control, and fastest-spreading potential viral killer known to humankind.”