However, "bio-security" sells. Following the media frenzy about the recent H5N1 research, the US Senate quietly passed a Bill to "streamline disparate public health and medical preparedness strategies to ensure the nation is prepared for health threats or incidents with potentially negative health consequences."
...Whatever it takes. Also note the second excerpt - very interesting little article on flu from Bangladesh.
The U.S. Senate passed a bipartisan biodefense bill that should help strengthen U.S. response to a bioattack or disease outbreak, a senator from New York said.
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., said the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act Reauthorization will equip federal agencies and hospitals with the necessary tools to prepare for and adequately respond to a wide range of public health emergencies, from natural pandemics to bioterror threats.
..."Bioterrorism and a major outbreak of infectious disease is one of the most deadly, imminent threats we face," Gillibrand said in a statement. "We can't afford to wait for the next outbreak to occur to get serious with a real plan to protect our families. This must be a national security priority -- with investments in prevention and preparedness, research for lifesaving vaccines, and arming our country with a healthcare workforce ready to take action and save lives in the event of an outbreak."
The law includes Project BioShield, which includes the procurement and advanced development of medical countermeasures for chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear agents, including those for pandemic influenza.
Learning to cope with bird or whatever flu
...There is everything to suggest that the H5N1 virus which causes the feared disease continues to be tinkered with, for good and for bad. Some time ago there were reports of researchers working on a chicken --- the egg to be precise --- to engineer it genetically, to be resistant to the flu. It is not known what became of the bird. Then it emerged that two separate research teams - one in the United States and the other in the Netherlands --- had both succeeded in altering the avian flu in ways that made it easily transmissible between mammals, humans included !
What made it quite controversial is the fact that top US scientists involved in the research had been seeking to stop the details from being published even in peer-reviewed scientific journals on the plea that the data would fall into the 'wrong hands !' How 'right' the so-called responsible quarters would be, is anybody's guess, given the history of bio-weaponry and the race for windfall profits through all kinds of drugs and vaccines ---- after having their wares clinically tested in experimental fields when human guinea pigs are abundant and governments care not a fig how these innocents fare.
.....Over the past two decades, up until the bane of Avain influenza visited Bangladesh, the livestock sector, particularly poultry, in the country had been showing a spectacular annual growth on average. Entrepreneurs in this avowedly agro-based industry however, have not been getting their due, according to industry insiders. They fault this government with bending backwards to make space for big foreign companies instead, while driving many modest poultry farmers in the country totally out of business. Avian flu no doubt, had a role in it, making poultry an increasingly high risk sector.
...The poultry industry could reasonably be credited with making class one protein, in the form of eggs and meat, affordable and accessible even to the poor in Bangladesh . This is no doubt of great value, given the fact that fish had long gone beyond the reach of most of Bangladesh's impoverished folk. All stakeholders, and the government as well, must have their eyes and ears open, to strengthen surveillance in the sector and to keep up hygienic standards, keeping in mind that in this world of commerce, economic warfare rather than robust rivalry is the norm.
edit on 10/3/12 by soficrow because: (no reason given)