The London Olympics will greatly increase the risk of a flu pandemic in Britain, according to a new study of more than 200 countries by risk analysts Maplecroft.
The influx of tourists expected to arrive in London over the summer means that Britain is ranked second in the world by the group, in terms of the risk of an avian or swine flu outbreak.
In normal conditions, factors such as crowded cities, a growing population and the amount of travel in and out of the UK provide ideal conditions for avian or swine flu to spread if it makes it to the UK.
However, during the Olympics, it is estimated that the 800,000 people using London’s public transport system each day will vastly increase the risk of infection transfer amongst the British population.
Mark Woodhead, chairman of the British Cleaning Council, said: “This report claims that the surge in visitors expected over the summer will exacerbate the risk of flu spreading across the country, and it is vital that we all take measures to minimise the risk. To keep the population safe, the BCC urges increased hand washing by members of the public, alongside regular and thorough cleaning of areas with high levels of human traffic.”
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