If an outbreak did occur. If. I believe the word ‘if’ is a conditional as in “If it does” or “If it does not”. It implies that a circumstances can be one or the other. While that is indeed true when one is in control of a situation, it’s a fairly daft stance to take when one is in no control whatsoever and the consequences will be fatal to thousands. To paraphrase: In years to come people will gather and say “Now what did Tony Blair ever do for us ?