Sunday, September 30, 2007

September 30 Flu Update

Sign of what could happen---Japan bans imports of Canadian poultry.

A health official in Pierce County, WA, was involved in an illegal Tamiflu scheme.

In Switzerland, the chickens will have to live indoors this winter

Article for CPAs on minimizing the impact of the bird flu.


At 6:27 PM, Blogger Wulfgang said...


The saga of Fredrico Cruz-Uribe sounds like it was almost a script for Court TV.

My honest opinion of Mr. Cruz-Uribe’s actions is that he is one very lucky individual in that he wasn’t prosecuted or end up under federal indictment as another poster boy for the government. Regardless of what he states, there were (and still are) many opportunities during his tenure there at the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Dept to purchase Tamiflu legally in the open US market. I see absolutely no reason why he dreamed up the scheme that was described in the article and am under the impression that he was way “out of his league” by doing so. He ended up one lucky individual and he should thank his coworkers. The best and noblest of intentions does not entitle one to violate the laws and public trust – think Adelphia Communications, AOL Time Warner, Enron, Global Crossing, WorldCom and Halliburton. These are but a very small number in the long list of famous companies where chief executives ended caught up in a scandal and arrested for fraud, based on their warped sense of ethics and business morals.

Your article by Roman Kepczyk, CPA, however, was quite outstanding. Leave it up to a bunch of green-eye-shade accountant CPA’s to define the proper level of pandemic COOP planning, and the appropriate framework for their industry, based on detailed preparation and prevention, remote access technologies, policies and the available resources. I don’t know how much clearer he could have laid it out – it was absolutely written with precision.

And talk about precision – there go the Swiss again, taking precautions and issuing advance instructions nationwide to keep poultry indoors and away from their major lakes over the winter months. I am convinced those Swiss people do everything as if they were designing a precision wristwatch. Remember though, these are the same people who already have enough Tamiflu and pre-pandemic vaccine for every citizen in their country.

The rest of us may be pushing up daisies after a pandemic is through, but I believe the Swiss will still be around to inherit the earth, along with the Japanese and people of Singapore. All three of these countries are a couple of light years ahead of the rest of the world when it comes to pandemic preparation.

They really take it seriously and so do their citizens. (Of course they aren’t bogged down shoveling over $ 1B every two days into the Iraq-nam war). Just think what the US could really do with this kind of money that is being thrown down a rathole.



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