November 3, 2005 |
The Bush administration's $7.1-billion flu pandemic plan cannot succeed without the cooperation of many players, from local health departments to foreign governments in remote corners of the world. And in most cases, they are already spread thin. "You have to have public health people available to identify the cases, put them on antivirals and track down their contacts" with other people, said Dr. Warner Hudson, a flu expert at UC Davis Medical Center.
November 2, 2005 |
No one knows whether the bird flu now migrating across the globe will cause a human pandemic, but researchers say it is inevitable that some flu virus eventually will. "It's like predicting the Big One in California," said Dr. Arnold S. Monto, an epidemiologist at the University of Michigan and a former president of the American Epidemiological Society. "We are overdue for another pandemic. But we don't know when it will hit."
October 18, 2007 |
Somewhere on Long Island, in an undisclosed location, sits a replica of the trading floor of the New York Mercantile Exchange. Except that this one is eerily silent. Here, in this 46,000-square-foot site in Nassau County, with tiered trading pits for crude oil, natural gas, gold, silver and other commodities, the engines of capitalism will continue thrumming if a catastrophe should shutter lower Manhattan.
November 11, 2009 |
Against the backdrop of the H1N1 flu pandemic, congressional Democrats are pushing for emergency sick-leave legislation and using the crisis to garner support for a wider-ranging bill -- both of which, they say, would help prevent a more rapid spread of the virus by mandating that employers provide workers with paid time off. Sen. Christopher J. Dodd (D-Conn.), chairing a health subcommittee hearing Tuesday, said that requiring businesses with 15 or more employees to offer seven paid days off a year would end a dangerous choice "between staying healthy and making ends meet."
January 29, 2006 |
The United Nations is considering using "flu-casters," modeled on television weather forecasters, to publicize vital information if a global flu pandemic strikes. They could broadcast the latest developments from emergency-response facilities at the U.N.'s World Health Organization in Geneva, said David Nabarro, the U.N.'s top influenza coordinator. "The flu-casters would draw out the maps and keep people engaged at regular intervals ...
August 27, 2006
I enjoyed Vani Rangachar's description of Pescadero ["A Beacon for Fans of Small-Town Life," Western Travel, Aug. 20]. She mentions visiting the cemetery set on a hillside overlooking the village. Yes, you can sense the town's history by reading the worn and sometimes heart-wrenching tombstones. Many bear the same September 1918 date of death. Evidently the town was hit with the flu pandemic of that year. I remember one poignant epitaph, which stated, "Here lies Baby Jane.