posted on Jan, 6 2004 @ 10:21 AM
I emailed a very good friend who is a medical doctor after reading this thread and getting concerned...
If there were a conspiracy concerning flu deaths he would certainly tell me.
Here's what he emailed me back with:
"First, the link to the article is accurate, as far as it goes. Yes, there is a Federal fine of $10,000 per occurrence of disclosing privileged info
to anyone. This means if a spokesman for a hospital discloses one and only one time, the information to a room full of 100 reporters, then the fine
is $1,000,000.00 of which he is PERSONALLY liable. (if there is no consent to release).
This will delay, I'm sure, the dissemination of information to the public about an outbreak of any disease.
Don't like it?
Talk to your Congrescritter.
It is a Federal Law.
It is not a coverup.
Re: the comments on the article... Sounds like the rantings of the ignorant and paranoid.
There are lots of viruses that are "flu-like" but are definitely not the "FLU". There is a rapid test for the flu, which is very accurate,
but relatively expensive. (I'm not sure, but seems like I've heard somewhere around $100)
If one is sick with a flu like illness, and the test is negative, then you probably don't have the flu. As with any test, confirmation is always
nice, and if it is repeated later, it may be positive at that time.
Reportability of certain infectious diseases is required, but is a state to state regulation. In many states influenza is reportable. For every
positive test, certain info is reported to the State Health Department. It is the responsibility of the State HD to disseminate the appropriate
information to the public. That is NOT a HIPPA violation.
What these people need to ask is, "why isn't the state health department fulfilling their role in this? (of course, they probably are, but they are
too panicked and paranoid and believe in too many conspiracy theories to believe THEM!)"
This is from an MD at a major medical facility in the southeastern US.
[Edited on 6-1-2004 by intelgurl]