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  • Inside A Secret Government Warehouse Prepped For Health Catastrophes

    06/27/2016 6:05:23 AM PDT · by Drango · 40 replies
    NPR ^ | June 27, 2016 | NELL GREENFIELDBOYCE
    When Greg Burel tells people he's in charge of some secret government warehouses, he often gets asked if they're like the one at the end of Raiders of the Lost Ark, where the Ark of the Covenant gets packed away in a crate and hidden forever. "Well, no, not really," says Burel, director of a program called the Strategic National Stockpile at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Thousands of lives might someday depend on this stockpile, which holds all kinds of medical supplies that the officials would need in the wake of a terrorist attack with a chemical,...
  • Poll: Americans Overwhelmingly Support Flight Restrictions From Ebola Stricken Countries

    10/15/2014 7:59:11 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 53 replies ^ | October 15, 2014 | Katie Pavlich
    The Obama administration is still refusing to issue travel restrictions from Ebola stricken countries in West Africa to the United States, arguing that isolating those regions could make the problem worse. But a new Washington Post/ABC News poll shows the vast majority of Americans from both sides of the political aisle want entry restrictions put into place. Nearly two-thirds of Americans say they are concerned about an Ebola outbreak in the United States, and about the same amount say they want flight restrictions from the countries in West Africa where the disease has quickly spread. A new poll from the Washington...
  • CDC Report: Chikungunya Fever Outbreak in Southern U.S. Probable

    03/12/2014 6:00:51 PM PDT · by aMorePerfectUnion · 21 replies
    Liberty Voice ^ | January 2014 | GM
    The U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta (CDC) is reporting that the mosquito borne illness, Chikungunya Fever, has the potential to be imported to the southern United States, areas with temperate climates and large mosquito vectors. Chikungunya Fever is a viral disease, a mosquito-borne pathogen, similar to Dengue Fever. The disease is transmitted by mosquitoes of the Aedes genus, the same type of mosquitoes that transmit the Dengue Fever Virus. Chikungunya Fever is endemic to Asia, Africa and the Indian Subcontinent. A large outbreak was reported in 2006-2007 in India, and several other countries in southeast Asia....
  • BREAKING: CDC Backs HPV Vaccine for Boys

    10/25/2011 12:58:48 PM PDT · by Scythian · 193 replies
    A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advisory panel recommended Tuesday routine vaccination of boys ages 11 and 12 with Gardasil, which protects against infection from human papilloma virus. The panel unanimously approved the plan, with 13 votes in favor and one abstention. The panel also advised that vaccinations with Gardasil begin in boys as young as 9 years old. The recommendation, from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, elevates the urgency placed on immunization against HPV, one of the most common sexually-transmitted diseases and a major cause of cervical cancer. Previously, doctors were free to use the vaccine in...
  • The Flu Season That Fizzled--Cases of H1N1 Have Dwindled, Seasonal Flu Has Been a No-Show...

    03/02/2010 12:27:02 PM PST · by jazusamo · 30 replies · 641+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | March 2, 2010 | Betsy McKay
    This has been a flu season like few others. Normally at this time of year, influenza is rampant in the U.S., prompting hundreds of thousands of people to stay home in the dead of winter with fever, aches and pains. Now, after raging through college campuses and communities last summer and fall, cases of the new H1N1 swine flu virus have dwindled to a trickle, and run-of-the-mill seasonal flu has barely made an appearance. Not one state reported widespread flu illness to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for the week ended Feb. 20, the latest data available. The...
  • CDC: 3,900 Americans Dead From H1N1 in Six Months

    11/12/2009 11:22:06 AM PST · by Tulsa Ramjet · 211 replies · 5,219+ views ^ | 12 NOV 2009 | Reuters
    H1N1 swine flu killed an estimated 3,900 Americans from April to October, U.S. health officials said Thursday. Better estimates show that the pandemic of flu has infected an estimated 22 million Americans and put 98,000 in the hospital, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. Of these totals, children account for 8 million of the infected, 36,000 of those in hospital and 540 deaths.
  • Too few in U.S. seek flu treatment, CDC says [smile]

    10/30/2009 3:12:06 PM PDT · by upchuck · 25 replies · 905+ views
    Rooooooters ^ | Oct 30, 2009 | Maggie Fox
    Only half of the people in the United States who most need immediate treatment for H1N1 swine flu are actually seeking it, even as the virus spreads at unprecedented speed, U.S. health officials said on Friday. The latest count shows 114 children have been killed by the virus in the United States since April, during a time when there is usually virtually no influenza, said U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Thomas Frieden. H1N1 is widespread, he said, and case counts continue to rise in most states. "One of the things that we have been surprised to...
  • Obama frustrated with companies over flu vaccine

    10/30/2009 2:14:41 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 44 replies · 1,621+ views
    Reuters ^ | 10/30/09 | Ross Colvin
    A quarrel between the U.S. government and swine flu vaccine makers reached the highest level on Friday, with President Barack Obama expressing frustration at the slow pace of production.
  • Swine Flu Cases Overestimated?

    10/24/2009 5:24:43 PM PDT · by opentalk · 21 replies · 963+ views
    CBS ^ | Oct. 21, 2009 | Sharyl Attkisson
    (CBS) If you've been diagnosed "probable" or "presumed" 2009 H1N1 or "swine flu" in recent months, you may be surprised to know this: odds are you didn’t have H1N1 flu. In fact, you probably didn’t have flu at all. That's according to state-by-state test results obtained in a three-month-long CBS News investigation. The ramifications of this finding are important. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Britain's National Health Service, once you have H1N1 flu, you're immune from future outbreaks of the same virus. Those who think they've had H1N1 flu -- but haven't -- might...
  • Obama declares swine flu emergency

    10/24/2009 8:38:37 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 886 replies · 28,784+ views
    AFP ^ | 10/24/09
    Obama declares swine flu emergency 9 mins ago WASHINGTON (AFP) – President Barack Obama has declared swine flu a "national emergency," the White House said Saturday, as the United States reels from millions of cases of infection and over 1,000 deaths.
  • H1N1 Kills 11 Children In A Week, CDC Concerned

    10/17/2009 2:07:41 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 97 replies · 3,241+ views
    As the H1N1 flu outbreak strikes the U.S. early and hard, health officials are pointing to a worrisome number of child deaths and warn that supplies of vaccine will remain scarce for at least the next couple of weeks. Delays in producing the vaccine mean 28 million to 30 million doses, at most, will be divided around the country by the end of the month, not the 40 million-plus doses that states had been expecting. The new count from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention means anxiously awaited flu-shot clinics in some parts of the U.S. may have to...
  • First U.S. H1N1 vaccines will be nasal spray: CDC

    09/18/2009 10:40:43 AM PDT · by dangerdoc · 104 replies · 1,842+ views
    reuters ^ | 9/18/09 | Maggie Fox
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The first roll-out of vaccines against the new swine flu virus will be 3.4 million doses of MedImmune's needle-free nose spray, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Friday. The CDC's Dr Jay Butler said the vaccines would be distributed the first week of October. "Initially we anticipate that 3.4 million doses of vaccine will be available," Butler told a telephone briefing. "We estimate that the amount of vaccine that will be available will increase through October." He said eventually delivery would rise to about 20 million doses a week. The United States has...
  • State preps to relocate quarantined H1N1 victims-"Your home is not acceptable"(Maybe a nice camp?)

    09/01/2009 2:27:18 PM PDT · by blueglass · 78 replies · 2,357+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | 8-31-09 | Drew Zahn
    "The Iowa Department of Public Health has determined that you have had contact with a person with Novel Influenza A H1N1," the form reads. "The Department has determined that it is necessary to quarantine your movement to a specific facility to prevent further spread of this disease. "The Department has determined that quarantine in your home and other less restrictive alternatives are not acceptable," the document continues, before listing mandatory provisions of compliance with relocation to a quarantine facility.
  • Obama Says H1N1 Vaccine Voluntary, but “Strongly Recommended”

    09/01/2009 5:10:04 PM PDT · by neverdem · 34 replies · 1,000+ views ^ | September 01, 2009 | Sunlen Miller
    ABC News' Sunlen Miller Reports: On the first day of National Preparedness Month, President Obama cautioned that people “not be alarmed” but be prepared” for the second wave of the H1N1 virus this fall and gave a brief update on the administration’s efforts. “We know that we usually get a second, larger wave of these flu viruses in the fall, and so response plans have been put in place across all levels of government,” Mr. Obama said from the Rose Garden this afternoon, “Our plans and decisions are based on the best scientific information available, and as the situation changes,...
  • In a Flu Pandemic, What Can the Government Do to You?

    08/30/2009 11:28:29 PM PDT · by FromLori · 34 replies · 1,267+ views
    ABC ^ | 8/30/09
    What might life be like during the kind of major swine flu pandemic predicted by the White House to hit the U.S. this fall? A CDC report raises concern over Washington's potential response to H1N1. (ABC News Photo Illustration) The worst-case scenarios percolate on the edges of thought: bans on public gatherings, restricting the movement of afflicted individuals, and compelled vaccinations. Conspiracy theorists go farther, suggesting that the World Health Organization is behind a secret plan to inoculate Americans at gunpoint with immune-system depleting vaccines to depopulate the globe. The CDC's report, released Monday, may well create some level of...
  • Is Obama's CDC Pushing Circumcision?

    08/29/2009 3:46:20 PM PDT · by Shellybenoit · 6 replies · 720+ views
    Gee you go on vacation for a few days and weird things start happening. The New York Times reported that public health officials in the Center For Disease Congto (CDC) are considering promoting routine circumcision for all baby boys born in the United States to reduce the spread of H.I.V., the virus that causes AIDS. The topic is a delicate one that has already generated controversy, even though a formal draft of the proposed recommendations, due out from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention by the end of the year, has yet to be released. Experts are also considering...
  • Wake Up, America: Forced vaccinations/quarantine camps/interrogations/mandatory "decontaminations"

    08/28/2009 10:46:21 AM PDT · by Lucky9teen · 59 replies · 2,526+ views ^ | Friday, August 28, 2009 | Mike Adams
    (NaturalNews) The United States of America is devolving into medical fascism and Massachusetts is leading the way with the passage of a new bill, the "Pandemic Response Bill" 2028, reportedly just passed by the MA state Senate and now awaiting approval in the House. This bill suspends virtually all Constitutional rights of Massachusetts citizens and forces anyone "suspected" of being infected to submit to interrogations, "decontaminations" and vaccines. It's also sets fines up to $1,000 per day for anyone who refuses to submit to quarantines, vaccinations, decontamination efforts or to follow any other verbal order by virtually any state-licensed law...
  • H1N1 'Poses Serious Threat' To Nation (Swine flu Obama's 9/11?)

    08/24/2009 3:26:09 PM PDT · by milwguy · 46 replies · 1,225+ views
    cbs ^ | 8/24/2009 | c BS
    With schools set to open again in coming weeks and flu season just around the corner, the White House released the findings of a new report Monday on the H1N1 virus, saying the current strain "poses a serious health threat to the nation." According to the report, officials don't believe the strain will turn into a deadly flu pandemic similar to the one in 1918-19, but that it could infect more people than usual because many people are not immune to it. It estimated that 1.8 million people could be hospitalized from the infection.

    08/24/2009 3:31:05 PM PDT · by kcvl · 99 replies · 3,480+ views
    Swine flu MAY lead to as many as 90,000 deaths as reported by the President’s Council of Advisers on Science and Technology
  • Officials Weigh Circumcision to Fight H.I.V. Risk

    08/23/2009 6:12:04 PM PDT · by Gordon Greene · 151 replies · 5,116+ views
    NY Times ^ | Published: August 23, 2009 | RONI CARYN RABIN
    Public health officials are considering promoting routine circumcision for all baby boys born in the United States to reduce the spread of H.I.V., the virus that causes AIDS. The topic is a delicate one that has already generated controversy, even though a formal draft of the proposed recommendations, due out from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention by the end of the year, has yet to be released. Experts are also considering whether the surgery should be offered to adult heterosexual men whose sexual practices put them at high risk of infection. But they acknowledge that a circumcision drive...
  • Quick Question: Govt Has Bought Up All the H1N1 Vaccine? (None for Granny?)

    08/21/2009 5:22:56 PM PDT · by CMoran325 · 28 replies · 1,098+ views
    I heard a talk show radio host (was it somebody who was filling in for Mark Levin?) say that the govt has bought up the whole american supply of the vaccine. Since the elderly are not a priority, they will not be able to get the shot -- not even able to buy it on their own. Was this conjecture, or is there a good source that can confirm this? I mean. Obviously this would be a prime example of just what we fear about govt-run health care!
  • Did MSM distract us?Obama’s role with one of the companies responsible for Swine Flu/H1N1

    08/18/2009 9:35:41 AM PDT · by bareford101 · 3 replies · 772+ views
    Is the Obama administration counting on a United Nations-touted H1N1 pandemic to wipe out Town Hall resistance to Obamacare? U.S. officials admit they expect millions of new cases of the H1N1 flu this winter, as the dreaded flu season arrives in the Northern Hemisphere. The fear of a pandemic spread of the virus is already a clear and present danger in killing off any hope of a possible economic recovery late this year or early next.
  • The Role of the Department of Defense During A Flu Pandemic

    08/10/2009 1:21:18 PM PDT · by Pete · 6 replies · 477+ views
    US Department of State ^ | June 4, 2009 | Congressional Research Service
    excerpt: The types of defense support which would likely be in greatest demand during a flu pandemic are contained in the Implementation Plan and the NRF’s Emergency Support Function (ESF) # 8, Public Health and Medical Response Annex .28 A review of these documents indicates an anticipated demand for the types of support from DOD listed below. Note, however, that DOD’s ability to support these requests would be limited by its national defense and force protection responsibilities. • providing disease surveillance and laboratory diagnostics • transporting response teams, vaccines, medical equipment, supplies, diagnostic devices, pharmaceuticals and blood products • treating...
  • Your Forearm, Please

    08/01/2009 9:00:13 PM PDT · by FromLori · 20 replies · 1,550+ views
    Economic Policy Journal ^ | 7/31/09 | Robert Wenzel
    "They" will also decide when healthcare is mandatory. A surgeon writes to Lew Rockwell: I am a surgeon in the Baltimore area. My main hospital decided to run a “Swine Flu Drill” for the employees and doctors over the last 2 days. Apparently, the general public was excluded because only hospital workers get swine flu. I am sure that the ability to coerce employees had nothing to do with it. All entrances were blocked by security and tables were set up with 3 nurses. People lined up and answered embarassing private questions regarding bowel habits and the like. They then...
  • Figuring How To Terrify Us Over Swine Flu

    07/29/2009 6:22:48 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 26 replies · 1,053+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | July 29, 2009 | MICHAEL FUMENTO
    'U.S. health officials say swine flu could strike up to 40% of Americans over the next two years and as many as several hundred thousand could die." So declares an Associated Press article, the writer of which you can picture trying to catch his breath as he pounds away at the keyboard. In its exclusive revelation of unpublished figures, AP says: "Those estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) mean about twice the number of people who usually get sick in a normal flu season would be struck by swine flu." No, they don't. The CDC's influenza...
  • Swine flu could kill hundreds of thousands in U.S. if vaccine fails, CDC says

    07/25/2009 8:25:48 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 87 replies · 2,981+ views
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | July 25, 2009 | Thomas H. Maugh II
    Hundreds of thousands of Americans could die over the next two years if the vaccine and other control measures for the new H1N1 influenza are not effective, and, at the pandemic's peak, as much as 40% of the workforce could be affected, according to new estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That is admittedly a worst-case scenario that the federal agency says it doesn't expect to occur. But the broad range of potential deaths highlights the unpredictability of flu viruses in general and this swine flu virus in particular because it hasn't behaved the way researchers have...

    07/24/2009 10:53:39 PM PDT · by FromLori · 24 replies · 839+ views
    All U.S. children aged 6 months to 18 years should get a seasonal influenza vaccine every year, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Friday. The CDC's Dr. Anne Schuchat said the agency was strengthening recommendations for children to get the vaccination against seasonal influenza, especially with fears that the new H1N1 virus will be added to the already expected burden of seasonal flu.
  • Swine flu: Barack Obama pledges more than £1bn

    07/16/2009 5:56:35 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 8 replies · 259+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 7/16/2009
    President Barack Obama has earmarked $1.825 billion (£1.11 billion) in emergency funding The money is part of $7.65 billion (£4.7 billion) already approved by Congress for use by the US Health Department as it strives to prevent the H1N1 virus taking further hold when flu-friendly conditions return in the autumn. Latest statistics show that 211 people in the US have died of the illness, with 37,246 reported cases across the country. But officials estimate that up to one million people across America may have been infected thus far. Today's announcement of the release of funds came in an open letter...
  • US passes million swine flu cases......

    06/28/2009 4:05:27 PM PDT · by TaraP · 28 replies · 825+ views
    BBC NEWS ^ | June 27th, 2009
    US health officials estimate that at least one million Americans have been infected with swine flu since the H1N1 virus emerged nearly three months ago. The number is far higher than cases actually reported to the authorities. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said many cases were mild, although 127 people had died. The CDC based its figures on surveys, rather than laboratory evidence, but the numbers suggest the death rate from swine flu is lower than thought. "We're saying that there have been at least a million cases of the new H1N1 virus so far this year...
  • CDC sees "something different" with new flu

    06/20/2009 7:09:44 AM PDT · by AngieGal · 54 replies · 1,381+ views
    Reuters ^ | Jun 19, 2009 | Maggie Fox
    The new strain of H1N1 flu is causing "something different" to happen in the United States this year -- perhaps an extended year-round flu season that disproportionately hits young people, health officials said on Thursday. An unusually cool late spring may be helping keep the infection going in the U.S. Northeast, especially densely populated areas in New York and Massachusetts, the officials at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. And infections among healthcare workers suggest that people are showing up at work sick -- meaning that workplace policies may be contributing to its spread, the CDC officials...
  • New CDC chief to target smoking; led charge in NYC

    06/06/2009 2:17:37 PM PDT · by Drango · 17 replies · 3,104+ views
    AP ^ | 6/6/09 | MIKE STOBBE
    New CDC chief to target smoking; led charge in NYC By MIKE STOBBE – ATLANTA (AP) — Dr. Thomas Frieden has swung a big stick as New York City's top health official, pushing through bans on smoking and artery-clogging trans fats. The New York Post called him "Dr. Buttinsky." Others attacked him as a wrong-headed crusader. But smoking plummeted and the city made admired inroads against cancer and other chronic diseases. On Sunday, he heads to Atlanta. And on Monday he takes over the federal government's top public health agency, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — where he's...
  • Obama Selects Top NYC Condom Pusher to Head CDC

    05/26/2009 12:16:21 PM PDT · by topher · 6 replies · 452+ views
    Monday May 25, 2009 Obama Selects Top NYC Condom Pusher to Head CDC By Kathleen GilbertWASHINGTON, D.C., May 25, 2009 ( - President Obama earlier this month appointed New York City Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas R. Frieden, a strong proponent of contraceptive-based HIV prevention, as director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  The appointment, which Obama announced May 15, does not require Senate confirmation.Frieden, who received degrees in Medicine and Public Health from Columbia University, in 2007 headed up a massive media campaign featuring NYC-brand condoms, tens of millions of which have since been handed out to...
  • CDC: Over 100,000 Americans May Have Swine Flu

    05/16/2009 4:04:21 PM PDT · by grandpa jones · 47 replies · 2,814+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 5/15/09 | Steven Reinberg
    FRIDAY, May 15 (HealthDay News) -- While the official tally of confirmed U.S. swine flu cases topped 4,700 on Friday, experts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now estimate the true number of infections at more than 100,000 nationwide. [snip] In fact, "estimates of the confirmed and probable cases in the United States is probably not the best indicator of transmission at this point," the CDC's Jernigan said. "The outbreak is not localized, but is spreading and appears to be expanding throughout the United States. This is an ongoing public health threat," he said. It's a little hard...
  • Report: Obama selects Frieden as CDC director

    05/15/2009 12:54:18 AM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 16 replies · 1,076+ views
    AP via Breitbart ^ | May 15, 2009 | N/a
    President Barack Obama on Friday will name Dr. Thomas Frieden as director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, administration officials told The New York Times. Frieden has served as New York City's health commissioner for the past seven years. In that time, he spearheaded a campaign to ban smoking in restaurants and bars, boosted the number of New Yorkers getting HIV tests and helped to distribute millions of free condoms. He will inherit a looming decision on how best to manage a swine flu outbreak, including whether or how to produce a swine flu vaccine. The virus...
  • CDC H1N1 Flu Update-1639 Confirmed Cases in 43 States

    05/08/2009 12:04:10 PM PDT · by TaraP · 36 replies · 911+ views
    CDC ^ | May 8th, 2009
    The ongoing outbreak of novel influenza A (H1N1) continues to expand in the United States. CDC expects that more cases, more hospitalizations and more deaths from this outbreak will occur over the coming days and weeks. CDC continues to take aggressive action to respond to the expanding outbreak. CDC’s response goals are to reduce spread and illness severity, and provide information to help health care providers, public health officials and the public address the challenges posed by this emergency. CDC is issuing updated interim guidance daily in response to the rapidly evolving situation.
  • Swine flu spreading too fast to count, CDC says...

    05/11/2009 6:10:08 PM PDT · by TaraP · 28 replies · 1,114+ views
    MSNBC ^ | May 11th, 2009
    Swine flu is spreading so far and fast in the U.S. that state health officials may soon stop counting individual cases, a federal health official said Monday. The novel H1N1 virus accounted for 40 percent of flu viruses logged in the U.S. in the past week and helped propel an uptick in overall flu-like illnesses, said Dr. Anne Schuchat, a deputy director with the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC has confirmed more than 2,000 cases in 43 states and Washington D.C., with 94 hospitalizations and three deaths. Another 700 cases are suspected. Although the flu is...
  • Overreacting to swine flu

    05/03/2009 2:59:26 PM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 22 replies · 1,061+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | May 3, 2009 | Steve Chapman
    Overreacting to swine flu Steve Chapman May 3, 2009 --snip-- White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel will some day be in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations for his well-received admonition to those serving in public office: "You never want a serious crisis to go to waste." Like that ever happens. Not only does the federal government always make ample use of crises, it makes small ones large and passing ones permanent. Consider the Energy Department, which has 16,000 employees and a budget of $34 billion. It was created to solve the energy chaos of the 1970s, which it failed to do....
  • Dire warnings were premature, experts suggest (Experts Downplay Flu Fear)

    05/03/2009 5:12:16 AM PDT · by truthandlife · 36 replies · 1,044+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | May 2, 2009 | By TODD ACKERMAN
    When the World Health Organization raised its swine flu threat level last week to suggest the first pandemic in more than four decades was imminent, the group’s director warned that “all of humanity is under threat.” Across the country, it’s looked like that. School closings will keep more than 300,000 Texas students at home this week. Stores have sold out of masks that experts don’t recommend. Sports events and concerts have been canceled. Headlines have warned that “Outbreak Threatens Global Recovery.” By the week’s end, an increasing number of experts were questioning whether it was overreaction. “I don’t see anything...
  • U.S. Lines up Vaccine Makers to Fight Swine Flu

    05/01/2009 2:53:23 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies · 456+ views
    Baltimore Sun ^ | May 1, 2009 | Stephanie Desmon & Kelly Brewington
    U.S. health authorities are lining up vaccine makers to develop a defense against virus posing global perilFederal health authorities, busily assessing the scope of the swine flu outbreak, are preparing in case a vaccine is needed to stem the spread of the disease that has sickened more than 100 in the United States and killed a 22-month-old boy in Texas. The development of a vaccine is a long, painstaking, fairly crude process that typically involves growing the virus in millions of chicken eggs. It would be months before the first person could be inoculated. Still, scientists with the Centers for...
  • Swine Flu Exposes HHS Vacancies

    At Sunday afternoon's White House press briefing on the administration's efforts to combat and control a potential swine flu outbreak, press secretary Robert Gibbs was joined by Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, deputy national security adviser John Brennan, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention acting director Dr. Richard Besser. Noticeably absent on stage was a fully confirmed federal health care official: There was no health and human services secretary (Kathleen Sebelius could be confirmed as early as tomorrow), no surgeon general (no new candidate has emerged since Dr. Sanjay Gupta dropped out) and no fully confirmed director of CDC...
  • CDC Readies Vaccine in Case of Swine Flu Pandemic

    04/26/2009 8:06:06 PM PDT · by krogers58 · 16 replies · 869+ views
    Time Magazine ^ | Saturday, Apr. 25, 2009 | Alice Park
    Officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) acknowledged on Friday that "concern has grown" since the first reports of a novel swine flu infecting patients in Texas and California emerged late March. Dr. Richard Besser, acting director of the agency, said health officials are closely tracking the spread of the swine flu, after additional cases of flu and some deaths were reported in Mexico. ----snip------------ In preparation for such a scenario, the CDC has created a seed stock of a vaccine against the swine flu, which could be pushed into production should the number of cases jump...
  • Obama Has No Solid Team In Place as the Pandemic Concerns Grow

    04/26/2009 5:33:22 PM PDT · by wrrock · 38 replies · 1,588+ views
    The Obama administration declared a "public health emergency" Sunday to confront the swine flu — but is heading into its first medical outbreak without: - No Secretary of Health and Human Services or appointees in any of the department’s 19 key posts. - No surgeon general - No head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In addition, his choice to run the Food and Drug Administration awaits confirmation. Obama was caught off guard by the emergence of this virus and many decisions that should have been made have not as a result of no leadership in the departments...
  • CDC head: expect more severe cases

    04/26/2009 4:53:43 PM PDT · by EBH · 51 replies · 1,922+ views
    The Hill's Blog Briefing Room ^ | 4/26/2009 | Eric Zimmermann
    The United States is likely to experience more cases of swine flu, the head of the Centers of Disease Control said today. And the disease is likely to become more dangerous. "We are seeing more cases of swine flu, and we expect to see more cases of swine flu," said Richard Besser, Director of the CDC, at a White House briefing. "I would expect that over time we are going to see more severe disease in this country." Basser said the CDC is aware of 20 confirmed cases of swine flu in five U.S. states: eight in New York, one...
  • White House: Swine Flu Briefing Not a Deflection From Obama Golf Outing

    04/26/2009 1:42:45 PM PDT · by TaxPayer2000 · 173 replies · 9,794+ views ^ | Sunday, April 26, 2009 | Major Garrett and Sharon Kehnemui
    WASHINGTON -- President Obama went golfing and the Department of Health and Human Services is short a secretary, so other U.S. officials took the controls Sunday as the Obama administration ramps up efforts to find and isolate U.S. cases of swine flu.During a White House briefing, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announced that HHS will issue a public health emergency warning that will free up resources to address the outbreak that has hit 20 Americans in five states. Richard Besser, acting head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said the agency is prepared to move millions of doses...
  • Americans told to wear masks as swine flu spreads round globe

    04/26/2009 12:42:27 PM PDT · by Crazieman · 76 replies · 3,828+ views
    Doctors in America are advising worried patients to buy painters’ masks as a precaution against the global outbreak of swine flu that appears to have spread from Mexico to the United States, New Zealand and possibly Europe. With the worldwide death toll standing at about 81 and with about 1,300 people infected, authorities across the globe are torn between the desire to slow down a potential flu pandemic and the need to avoid bringing major cities on every continent to an economic standstill. As of today, the US was still allowing people to cross the border from Mexico – where...
  • Foxwire: Obama golfs, HHS has no Secretary, Swine flu response

    04/26/2009 11:43:45 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 27 replies · 1,428+ views ^ | April 26, 2009 | Major Garrett
    WASHINGTON -- With President Obama golfing and without a Secretary at the Department of Health and Human Services, the administration ramped up efforts to find and isolate U.S. cases of swine flu as it issued a public health emergency warning and moved millions of doses of drugs to treat the flu close to the areas of early outbreak. At a White House briefing occuring while Obama golfed with his Commerce Secretary Gary Locke and Trade Representative Ron Kirk, the Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano, announced the nation's top health department would soon announce a national "public health emergency." Napolitano...
  • Napolitano declares public health emergency

    04/26/2009 10:25:26 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 287 replies · 12,297+ views
    Napolitano declares public health emergency @ 1:01 pm by Eric Zimmermann The United States will declare the swine flu outbreak a public health emergency, Homeland Security Director Janet Napolitano said today. Speaking at a White House press briefing, Napolitano said the declaration is not as severe it sounds. "It allows us to free up state and local resources" that otherwise would not be available, Napolitano said. The declaration does not necessarily convey the authority to initiate quarantines. "We're nowhere near that kind of decision," Napolitano said. Also at the briefing, the Director of the Center for Disease Control, Richard Besser,...
  • Bloomberg: CDC Confirms Swine Flu In Queens School (St. Francis Prep)

    04/26/2009 9:14:20 AM PDT · by kellynla · 34 replies · 1,731+ views ^ | Apr 26, 2009 11:54 am US/Eastern | Deborah Garcia
    Mayor Bloomberg announced in a news conference Sunday morning that the Centers for Disease Control confirmed cases of swine flu in a Queens school. The mayor said St. Francis Preparatory School will be closed on Monday, and asked students, faculty and staff at the school who are feeling flu-like symptoms to stay home for at least 48 hours. Those who are sick are also advised to cover their mouths, wash their hands regularly, and limit their contact with other people in order to limit spreading the illness. Bloomberg also said health officials are looking for cases of swine flu outbreak...
  • LIVE Influenza Thread 04-26-09

    04/26/2009 8:41:48 AM PDT · by BagCamAddict · 295 replies · 11,762+ views
    Twitter, and Various Others ^ | 4-26-09 | FReepers
    Please keep chat and one-liners to a minimum. This thread is intended to be a one-stop-shop for all of todays NEWS and info related to the Mexican Swine Flu. To make it faster for everyone to catch up on the actual NEWS, PLEASE PLEASE minimize chat, jokes, bashing the administration, soapboxes, and so forth. These live threads can become useless monster threads if everyone throws in their one-liners, and we all have 'em! So let's try to keep this thread useful for the latest NEWS. Thank you all in advance.
  • Who should MDs let die in a pandemic? Report offers answers

    04/26/2009 12:14:37 AM PDT · by TornadoAlley3 · 269 replies · 7,144+ views
    AP ^ | 05/04/08 | Lindsey Tanner
    CHICAGO – Doctors know some patients needing lifesaving care won't get it in a flu pandemic or other disaster. The gut-wrenching dilemma will be deciding who to let die. Now, an influential group of physicians has drafted a grimly specific list of recommendations for which patients wouldn't be treated. They include the very elderly, seriously hurt trauma victims, severely burned patients and those with severe dementia. The suggested list was compiled by a task force whose members come from prestigious universities, medical groups, the military and government agencies. They include the Department of Homeland Security, the Centers for Disease Control...