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Swine flu outbreak raises global fears



Governments and health authorities worldwide went on the alert over the weekend for a possible influenza pandemic as the death toll from a new strain of swine flu in Mexico reached 81.

A pandemic would seriously harm the prospects of the world economy recovering from recession, with the travel and leisure sectors particularly vulnerable – as the 2003 Sars outbreak showed.

pandemic 〈伝染病が〉全国[世界]的に広がる

toll [通例単数形で] 犠牲,代価; 損害,死傷者数

strain 種族,血統

vulnerable 傷つきやすい,感じやすい

outbreak (突然の)発生,突発

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