Sunday, April 30, 2006

April 30 Flu Update

Bird flu suspected in New Jersey...not H5N1--Low Pathogenic Avian Influenza.

ProMed on culling in Pakistan, wild birds in Germany, and H7N3 in England.

They say that the number of flu cases in the Sudan has dropped.

From Thailand, article says the world is watching the bird flu....and while Thailand has done a good job controlling it, no one can afford to be complacent.

Officials in the US increasingly worry about animal smuggling and infectious disease.

The "Student Operated Press" covers recent bird flu outbreaks.

The Public Health Institute looked at some troubling flu scenarios at a recent conference.

Here's how a worldwide flu epidemic might start:

A sales manager for a multinational corporation returns to his California office from a business trip to Vietnam, feeling sick.

Within days, this otherwise healthy man is near death. Other employees come down with a flulike illness. A cleaning woman dies.

Tests show he has infected his co-workers with a form of bird flu that originated in Asia. Public health officials fear the worst: an outbreak of deadly pandemic flu.

What responsibility does the multinational corporation have to its workers? Can public health officials make residents stay in their homes to prevent the spread of disease? Can the government commandeer a local doctor's supply of Tamiflu for people who need it most, or force nurses to be vaccinated? What if frightened nurses refuse to work?

Interesting Chicago Tribune article on Wall Street (Citigroup) picking pandemic winners and losers. For example...good for health firms....bad for airlines.

Kentucky story on local RN working on pandemic planning committee.


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