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  • Worst Case: Choosing Who Survives in a Flu Epidemic (Obamacare primer)

    10/25/2009 3:58:17 AM PDT · by markomalley · 21 replies · 1,422+ views
    NY Slimes ^ | 10/25/2009 | Sheri Fink MD
    New York state health officials recently laid out this wrenching scenario for a small group of medical professionals from New York-Presbyterian Hospital: A 32-year-old man with cystic fibrosis is rushed to the hospital with appendicitis in the midst of a worsening pandemic caused by the H1N1 flu virus, which has mutated into a more deadly form. The man is awaiting a lung transplant and brought with him the mechanical ventilator that helps him breathe. New York’s governor has declared a state of emergency and hospitals are following the state’s pandemic ventilator allocation plan — actual guidelines drafted in 2007 that...
  • Drug-resistant swine flu in Canada : Tamiflu ineffective in Quebec case

    07/22/2009 8:06:41 AM PDT · by george76 · 36 replies · 1,124+ views
    Canadian Press ^ | July 22, 2009 | Helen Branswell
    Canada has recorded a case of Tamiflu-resistant swine flu virus, in a Quebec man who had been given the drug to prevent infection. Meanwhile, Japan revealed Tuesday it had found a second such case of Tamiflu resistance, in a person who has no ties to the country’s earlier reported case.
  • Flu Pandemic Is Declared -- First Time in 41 Years

    07/15/2009 9:24:01 AM PDT · by Star Traveler · 113 replies · 1,668+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Friday, June 12, 2009 | Mike Esterl
    The World Health Organization declared the first flu pandemic in 41 years, even as it stressed there are no signs the H1N1 virus has turned more lethal as it spreads across the globe. The declaration Thursday by the United Nations agency requires countries not yet exposed to the new influenza strain to roll out pandemic-prevention plans and step up monitoring efforts. It also will likely accelerate efforts to develop a vaccine, expected to take several months. WHO Director General Margaret Chan said the "overwhelming majority" of people diagnosed with the virus since it surfaced in Mexico in April experienced mild...
  • Mexico City cancels all public events to fight flu

    04/25/2009 9:03:11 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 41 replies · 1,262+ views
    hoo News ^ | 4/25/09 | MARK STEVENSON
    Mexico City cancels all public events to fight flu
  • Flu pandemic now just a matter of time (Oh really?)

    11/07/2005 6:28:14 AM PST · by add925 · 27 replies · 680+ views ^ | 11/7/05 |
    A three-day council of war on avian influenza opened here to warnings that a flu pandemic was inevitable, could kill millions and inflict up to 800 billion dollars in economic damage if the world failed to defend itself. An influenza pandemic, potentially unleashed by a mutation of the H5N1 bird flu virus, "is only a matter of time," World Health Organisation (WHO) Director General Lee Jong-Wook said Monday. "We don't know when this will happen, but we know it will happen," Lee said. "(...) If we are unprepared, the next pandemic will cause incalculable human misery... no society will be...
  • Barack Obama and Richard Lugar: Grounding a Pandemic (Avian Flu)

    06/06/2005 2:57:52 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 14 replies · 633+ views
    New York Times ^ | June 6, 2005 | Senator Barack Obama and Senator Richard Lugar
    Washington — When we think of the major threats to our national security, the first to come to mind are nuclear proliferation, rogue states and global terrorism. But another kind of threat lurks beyond our shores, one from nature, not humans - an avian flu pandemic. An outbreak could cause millions of deaths, destabilize Southeast Asia (its likely place of origin), and threaten the security of governments around the world. Earlier this year, Dr. Julie L. Gerberding, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, called the possibility of avian flu spreading from Southeast Asia "a very ominous situation...
  • Specter of flu pandemic fails to jog government

    12/17/2004 8:53:35 PM PST · by ex-Texan · 20 replies · 417+ views
    Twin Cities Press ^ | 12/17/2004 | Dan Gilmore
    Specter of flu pandemic fails to jog governmentSuppose we knew that terrorists were about to launch a biological weapon that would kill somewhere between 10 million and 100 million people, maybe more. Suppose, further, that we knew of ways to limit the damage and prevent many of those deaths because we had detailed medical knowledge of the type of biological threat we were facing — even if we couldn't create a precisely targeted antidote or vaccine ahead of time. Now imagine that the U.S. government was making only modest preparations — that we were in key ways leaving the matter...
  • World Health Organization: Bird Flu Pandemic Coming !

    12/14/2004 11:15:37 AM PST · by ex-Texan · 45 replies · 2,206+ views
    Channel News Asia ^ | 12/9/2004 | CNA Staff
    World Health Organization: Bird Flu Pandemic Coming and Millions May Die !U.S. Army Photo: Victims of 1918 Spanish Flu Which Killed MillionsWHO Urges Countries to Prepare Against Flu Pandemic Threat MANILA : With up to 50 million people expected to die from the next influenza pandemic, the World Health Organisation (WHO) is to convene a meeting of international experts in Geneva next week to plan how best to meet the threat, it said in a statement Thursday. Although it cannot predict when the next pandemic will strike, the WHO said the arrival of the avian influenza or "bird flu" virus,...
  • The Flu Hunters

    11/07/2004 5:33:40 AM PST · by ex-Texan · 4 replies · 397+ views
    NYTimes Magazine ^ | 11/7/2004 | Gretchen Reynolds
    * * * At 49, Dr. Keiji Fukuda, the top influenza epidemiologist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, looks distinguished in a scruffy, academic way and reassuring. * * * So when Keiji Fukuda admits to being as concerned as ''I have ever been,'' people who know him start really worrying. * * * [CDC doctors] live with the specter of the 1918 flu pandemic, which killed somewhere between 20 million and 50 million people around the world and 500,000 in this country, and with the assumption that another pandemic is inevitable. * * * Events in Asia,...