A new report and maps, developed to identify the vulnerability of countries to influenza pandemics, has identified the United Kingdom as having the second highest risk in terms of the speed in which a disease could spread, due to its highly urbanised and transient population, as well as it’s prominence as a travel hub and links to growth economies where such diseases are most likely to emerge.
However, the report’s findings reveal that the UK’s strong governance, highly developed infrastructure, well educated population and advanced health system also places it among the 10 countries with the highest capacity to contain a potentially lethal outbreak of a strain of flu.
The Influenza Pandemic Risk Index (IPRI), released by risk analysis company Maplecroft, enables governments, intergovernmental organisations and business to identify potential risks to populations and supply chains. It consists of three global indices, which rank countries on (1) the risk of emergence of a strain of influenza, (2) the risk of spread and (3) the capacity to contain outbreaks of an infectious disease.
April 3, 2012, 1:21 p.m.