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iJET Issues 2008 Review & Forecast Report on Avian Influenza and Pandemic Preparedness
Date:3/17/2009

Report Demonstrates Need for Continued Pandemic Planning Despite Challenging Economic Climate

ANNAPOLIS, Md., March 17 /PRNewswire/ -- iJET Intelligent Risk Systems, a leading provider of global intelligence and business resiliency services, today announced the publication of its annual report: 2008 Review and Forecast: Avian Influenza and Pandemic Planning. Developed by iJET's health intelligence team, this report provides an in-depth analysis of worldwide events associated with avian influenza, details scientific developments, summarizes progress toward corporate and government pandemic preparedness and provides an outlook for the coming year.

iJET's 2008 Review and Forecast: Avian Influenza and Pandemic Planning report includes a special focus on Indonesia, the Indian subcontinent, Vietnam, Egypt, China and Hong Kong as well as a chapter on political and economic issues associated with pandemic preparedness.

International experts are increasingly recognizing the serious impact that a 1918-like pandemic might have on an already-compromised global economy and on national security. In 2008, the World Bank revised upwards its estimation of the likely economic impact of a pandemic, to $3 trillion globally. Further, the U.K. now lists pandemic influenza as the greatest risk in terms of potential lives lost and economic impact facing the country today. Despite these assessments, pandemic preparedness among governments and corporations continues to fall short and a declining economy could further hamper preparations.

"The news media is flooded with reports and statistics of avian influenza incidents, but few routinely unify this data and offer the predictive analysis organizations need in order to prepare for and survive such an occurrence," says Steve Cunnion, Medical Director for the National Security Health Policy Center of the Potomac Institute of Policy Studies and a member o
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