US Citizens Told To Stockpile For Bird Flu Outbreak
US citizens in Hong Kong have been advised to build a three-month stockpile of food, medicine and water in their homes in case of a bird flu pandemic, a news report said Tuesday.
It suggests stockpiling 4.5 litres of water per person per day and to prepare water purification equipment in case of “complete infrastructure breakdown”, the South China Morning Post reported.
The bird flu advisory also suggests they stock up on non-perishable foods, soap, alcohol-based hand wash, medicines, vitamins, flashlights and a portable radio, the newspaper said.
Six people died and 12 others were infected in the first modern bird flu outbreak that attacked humans in Hong Kong in 1997.
Since then, however, the city of 6.8 million has built up sophisticated safeguards against the avian flu virus and avoided further human cases despite a spate of regional bird flu outbreaks.
Scientists believe bird flu may cause deaths on a global scale greater than the Spanish Flu of 1918, which killed up to 40 million if the virus mutates to jump from human to human.