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40,000 Marin County Schoolkids Get Bird Flu Warning

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posted on Dec, 22 2006 @ 01:40 PM

California, at least, is taking the pandemic threat seriously. Marin County schools sent out 40,000 warnings this week - and upgraded the "72 hour emergency stockpile" recommendation to 2 weeks.

40,000 Marin Schoolkids Get Bird Flu Warning

Health officials recently sent 40,000 fliers home with Marin County schoolchildren warning parents to prepare for a possible bird flu pandemic in California. ...The flier sent home with school students warns that if an avian flu pandemic were to hit California, thousands or perhaps millions could become very sick.

"All of us in public health are quite concerned," said Dr. Fred Schwartz, the county's chief health officer. "We may find a situation where 30 to 40 percent of people are becoming infected. That translates to 30 to 40 percent absenteeism at businesses, utilities, schools and the health care sector."

Taking emergency guidelines established by the President himself, Marin is among several Bay Area counties that have begun preparing to distribute avian flu literature to the public, even though there is no immediate threat of a global pandemic. ...The fliers sent home with Marin's schoolkids urge families to stock up not on the usual 72 hours of emergency supplies but rather two weeks' supply of food and water, extra prescription drugs, and over-the-counter cold and flu medications.

Good job Marin County.

But people need stockpiles for 3 months, not 2 weeks.

posted on Dec, 24 2006 @ 08:33 AM
Well done Marin but this seems to be an ongoing problem.
Depending on which Gov. agency you listen too the length of time you should SIP for changes.
2 weeks to 3 months.

posted on Dec, 24 2006 @ 09:52 AM
Well that is a county that is not afraid of starting a pandemic but educating people about posibilities open up their minds.

We live in a nation that political correctness and private interest gets priority over common sense and the safety of the public.

Having people aware and ready, works better than last minute braking news anytime.

posted on Dec, 26 2006 @ 11:03 AM

Originally posted by marg6043

Having people aware and ready, works better than last minute braking news anytime.

How true.

It does look like some serious bugs are getting ready to rumble tho. Just a matter of time I guess.

posted on Apr, 17 2007 @ 07:55 PM
That is good! I live in CA and ppl in my city that r preparing n hoarding seem to kno something we dont. hmm... ne new info?

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