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NEWS
February 29, 2012 | By Eryn Brown, Los Angeles Times / for the Booster Shots blog
Laboratory-engineered strains of H5N1 influenza, also known as bird flu, aren't as dangerous as some have been led to believe, said a scientist involved in the controversial research Wednesday. The researcher, virologist Ron Fouchier of the Erasmus Medical Center in the Netherlands, has been at the center of an ongoing debate about bird flu research among public health and biodefense officials. He made his comments at the American Society for Microbiology's Biodefense and Emerging Diseases Research meeting, in Washington, D.C. Bird flu is lethal more than half of the time it strikes humans.
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HEALTH
September 14, 2009 | Melissa Healy
Tammy Reed, the 28-year-old mother of a toddler, is not given to belief in conspiracy theories and is not the type to be rattled by the phrase "pandemic flu." The Menifee, Calif., resident is the kind of mom who gathers a good deal of her medical intelligence on government websites, trusts a friend who is a nurse practitioner and is raising her bright, strong-willed daughter with all the confidence of a former nanny and the second-born in a family of six. She's the kind of mom who thinks that when the vaccine for H1N1 influenza becomes available for her daughter, she may just take a pass on it. "It's a different brand of flu, but it is still the flu, and I think she's already built a pretty strong immune system," Reed says of her blond, blue-eyed 14-month-old.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 25, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano on Thursday called for the creation of a council including U.S. and Mexico border states to help prepare and respond to a pandemic flu outbreak. The council would create and test joint emergency plans. The governors of Baja California and Sonora have expressed interest in joining the council. The proposal was made at the annual Border Governors Conference being held in Austin, Texas.
HEALTH
September 19, 2011 | By Eryn Brown, Los Angeles Times
The hit movie "Contagion" depicts a nightmare scenario: a bat virus jumps to pigs and then to humans, infecting them with abandon since they have no immunity to the novel bug. The virus circles the globe in a matter of days, causing coughs, fevers and seizures as scientists from the World Health Organization and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention scramble to identify the pathogen and develop a vaccine. Before they do, millions are infected and about a quarter of them die. Those who are not sickened hunker down at home or panic in the streets, scrounging for food and supplies until the outbreak can be contained.
HEALTH
June 4, 2007 | Marc Siegel, Special to The Times
"Pandemic," the Hallmark Channel, May 26. The premise: On an island off the north coast of Australia, as surfer Charley Williams begins to cough, he is unaware that several dead seagulls and a dead dog lie near him. They are infected with a new form of flu virus, later determined to be an H3N7 mutated variant named "Riptide." Fellow surfer Ames Smith leaves the island and boards a plane to Los Angeles. While on board, he develops a high fever, coughs up blood and dies.
OPINION
January 11, 2006
Re "Dr. Bush's flu flim-flam," Current, Jan. 8 Is a flu pandemic a real danger? Absolutely. Is it inevitable and overdue? Not at all. This is the twisted logic of the ill-informed all-night gambler perched on a stool at the roulette wheel. He tells himself that because double-zero hasn't materialized in the last eight hours, its appearance is now "inevitable and overdue," and he bets accordingly. Nuclear war hasn't occurred since the first atomic bomb went off in 1945. Is it overdue?
SCIENCE
June 12, 2009 | Thomas H. Maugh II
The World Health Organization on Thursday acknowledged what many health experts have been saying for weeks: The outbreak of the novel H1N1 virus is a pandemic. "The world is now at the start of the 2009 influenza pandemic," Dr. Margaret Chan, director-general of the WHO, said in a Geneva teleconference. "This virus is now unstoppable."
NATIONAL
November 21, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
The U.S. is unprepared for the next flu pandemic, lacking the manufacturing capacity to provide 300 million doses of a vaccine for three to five more years, Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt said. "We're not as prepared as we need to be," he said on NBC's "Meet the Press." "We will not have enough for everyone." A strain of a bird flu that has killed 67 people in Asia has sparked concerns of a super-flu that could kill millions worldwide, and U.S.
SCIENCE
November 3, 2005 | Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar and Charles Piller, Times Staff Writers
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.
MAGAZINE
April 24, 1988 | John Eisendrath \f7
IN SPORTS, steroid use varies widely from the prep level to the pros. More than 6% of the male high school students in America have taken steroids, according to a study conducted this year by Prof. Charles Esalis of Pennsylvania State University. Of the 3,360 playoff- or bowl-bound college athletes tested by the National Collegiate Athletic Assn. in 1986, 26 tested positive for steroids. Twenty-five of them were football players, including All-America linebacker Brian Bosworth.
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