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Bird-Flu Pandemic Could Cost $2 Trillion --> An Afghan woman feeds her chickens in a village near Kabul (file photo) (epa) September 18, 2006 -- A severe bird-flu pandemic among humans could cost the global economy up to $2 trillion, the World Bank warns, sharply raising earlier estimates.

The comments on September 17 came as a senior World Health Organization official said the threat from the H5N1 avian-flu virus was just as real today as it was six months ago.