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NEWS: Bird Flu Pandemic Simulation Exercise Planned

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posted on Oct, 19 2005 @ 11:46 AM
This Friday, 21-10-05, a full scale simulation exercise based around an outbreak of avian influenza will be held in Malta. The reason for this is to test the response of the countries emergency services and to make sure they are ready to handle a possible pandemic of the deadly disease, according to Environment Minister George Pillicino.
He reassured the public that there is no cause for alarm and the country was just passing through a delicate stage. He reiterated that to date there is no evidence of the presence of the avian flu in Malta.

Mr. Pullicino said this morning, around 100 chicken carcasses were dumped by unknown persons in Ghar Hasan. He condemned these vicious acts as they deviate the attention of the already limited resources of the veterinary services.

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I really don’t understand how Malta plans on carrying out this simulation, how can you simulate a pandemic? They should really be concentrating on keeping the virus at bay and ensure no outbreaks occur, which will prove to be an extremely hard task but surely the only way forward.

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posted on Oct, 21 2005 @ 11:00 AM
How can you simulate a pandemic? Even more interesting, how can you simulate a pandemic of a viral infection that doesn't actually exist as of yet?

You know, I am beginning to see a pattern here...on 9-11-2001, while running a simulation of terrorist hijackings of commercial airlines, there is an alleged attack of terrorist hijackings of commercial airlines. On 07-07-2005, while running a simulation of terrorist bombings on London mass transit, there is an alleged attack of terrorist bombings of trains and buses on London's mass transit system. Anyone want to give odds on there being an alleged avian flu outbreak during this latest simulation?

posted on Oct, 21 2005 @ 11:03 AM
I think this type of simulation would deal more with how various government agencies would respond to widespread outbreaks.


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