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As bodies piled up, the United States' response to the 'Spanish flu' was to tell the public that there was no cause for alarm. The authority figures who glossed over the truth lost their credibility, says John M. Barry.
In the next influenza pandemic, be it now or in the future, be the virus mild or virulent, the single most important weapon against the disease will be a vaccine. The second most important will be communication. History has shown that to cut vaccine production time, minimize economic and social disruption, deliver health care and even food, governments need to communicate well — both between themselves and with the public.
Dead bird dilemma
The Bakersfield Californian | Monday, May 18 2009 09:13 PM
Recently, we found two dead birds in our yard. It seems that over the years we have been told to call the authorities when this happens because it can be an indication that West Nile virus is in the area.
I try to follow the rules and laws. I called the first number I found and they gave me another number to call. I called the second number and they, in turn, gave me another number to call. I have no idea who these people were.
The third party took my phone number and zip code. She then went on to tell me they don't pick up these birds. So now what is one supposed to do?
What a joke! My husband got his shovel and buried the poor birds. So much for that situation. By the way, no one ever called me after I gave them my number.
West Nile virus is in the area.
Originally posted by devonne2007
I have seen 6 dirds within the past 2 days. I haven't been looking for them they have just been in the path of where I have been going. All Robins. I live in Kansas and I have never seen this before. I thought maybe it was an omen but I have looked into it and I'm not the only one to notice.
The U.S. government said on Friday that it was setting aside $1 billion to help companies develop a vaccine against the new strain of H1N1 influenza that is sweeping the world.
The problem confronting city officials is how to quell that fear without coming across as insensitive to normal parental concerns or out of touch with New Yorkers in the mainly working-class, immigrant-heavy communities who appear most worried. One assemblyman this week compared the situation to the fear that gripped New York after the Sept. 11 attacks and said it was the mayor's duty to do a better job of calming people.
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WHO adds deadliness to flu pandemic threshold
GENEVA (AP) — The World Health Organization says it will examine swine flu's evolving danger to humans before declaring a pandemic.
WHO's announcement that it is going to include new criteria comes after a number of countries pressed it to review how it will declare a global flu epidemic, so that issues beyond the virus' spread are taken into account.
U.N. flu chief Dr. Keiji Fukuda told a news conference Friday that the new definition of what would constitute phase 6 on the agency's six-phase pandemic alert scale had yet to be established. He said danger to humans will be included.
Britain, China, Japan and other countries urged WHO this week at its annual meeting to be cautious before moving from its current phase 5, as such a move could have economic consequences.
THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.
As far as your question about who are the CDC/WHO puppets of, I can only guess. My instinct tells me big business and big pharm at the same time. To me, it explains why they want to scare people into taking an ineffective drug, while assuring people that it's ok to go to the mall this weekend!
ETA: One more case of manipulation: I have searched this thread and others and cannot find the link I was looking for, but didn't someone post that all cases that did not require a ventilator were being called mild?
Originally posted by Hx3_1963
WHO to consider severity of flu before declaring pandemic
Source courtesy of Hx3:
"What we are looking for and what we will be looking for is something, events, which signify a really substantial increase in risk of harm to people," Keiji Fukuda, the WHO's acting assistant director general, told a news conference in Geneva on Friday."(bold mine)
So they are supposed to be a preventative, disease control org., but they want to see more "events", i.e. deaths, which are already happening and by all accounts under-reported???
Just where is their threshold?
[edit on 22-5-2009 by sonjah1]