New Report indicates a bird flu could emerge that’s 90 times more deadly than COVID-19

Yvonne O'Halloran

A new report by UK based vegan charity Viva! has warned that a bird flu virus could be capable of killing six in ten of those infected if it emerged in humans. Scientists believe that the new mutant strain of H5N1 bird flu virus could be 90 times more deadly than COVID-19.

Both COVID-19 and bird flu are zoonotic diseases which are infectious diseases that spread from animals to humans.

‘Experts have been warning us about this for years. Most of the viruses causing new emerging diseases can be traced back to factory farms, slaughterhouses, wet markets and illegal animal trade such as bushmeat. While Chinese wet markets have taken the brunt of the blame, the increasing global demand for meat is fuelling these outbreaks’ the report states.

The conditions in which we keep farmed animals today, packed into filthy, overcrowded sheds, standing on top of each other and in their own faeces, physically stressed, pushed to the limit – an ideal breeding ground for emerging viruses and antibiotic-resistant bacteria.’

There are over 200 zoonotic diseases and 56 of them affect some two-and-a-half billion people and cause nearly three million deaths every year says Viva!

The simple message here from Viva! is to go vegan and help prevent future pandemics.

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